Surviving Progress

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Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society? Or too much of a good thing? Based on the best-selling book A Short History of Progress, this provocative documentary explores the concept of... read more
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Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society? Or too much of a good thing? Based on the best-selling book A Short History of Progress, this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through a sweeping but detailed survey of the major "progress traps" facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment. Featuring powerful arguments from such visionaries as Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Hawking, Craig Venter, Robert Wright, Michael Hudson, and Ronald Wright, this enlightening and visually spectacular film invites us to contemplate the progress traps that destroyed past civilizations and that lie treacherously embedded in our own. Leading critics of Wall Street, cognitive psychologists, and ecologists lay bare the consequences of progress-as-usual as the film travels around the world - from a burgeoning China to the disappearing rainforests of Brazil to a chimp research lab in New Iberia, Louisiana - to construct a shocking overview of the way our global economic system is eating away at our planet's resources and shackling entire populations with poverty. Providing an honest look at the risks and pitfalls of running 21st Century "software" (our accumulated knowledge) on 50,000-year-old "hardware" (our primate brains), Surviving Progress offers a challenge: to prove making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead end.

Original Release

11/04/2011

US Release

04/06/2012

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Cast

Stephen Hawking Self - Theoretical Physicist / Himself
David Suzuki Self - Geneticist & Activist / Himself
Jane Goodall Self - Primatologist / Herself
Joel Bellenson Self - Appearance
Michael E. Capuano Self - Representative, Massachusetts
Fabio Rodrigo Cavenaghi Self - Appearance
Adelson Jose De Santana Self - Appearance
Philip Fearnside Self - Appearance
Yunzhe Guo Self - Appearance
Marcelo Gusmao Self - Appearance
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks

Writers

Harold Crooks, Mathieu Roy

Cast

Stephen Hawking Self - Theoretical Physicist / Himself
David Suzuki Self - Geneticist & Activist / Himself
Jane Goodall Self - Primatologist / Herself
Joel Bellenson Self - Appearance
Michael E. Capuano Self - Representative, Massachusetts
Fabio Rodrigo Cavenaghi Self - Appearance
Adelson Jose De Santana Self - Appearance
Philip Fearnside Self - Appearance
Yunzhe Guo Self - Appearance
Marcelo Gusmao Self - Appearance
Marcelo V. Gusmao Self - Appearance
Zhang Ning Self - Appearance
James Reaux Self - Appearance
Francisco Santos Olivera Self - Appearance
Michael Shellenberger Self - Appearance
Lui Sing Self - Appearance
Shi Min Yang Self - Appearance
Ana Flavia Gusmao Self - Appearance
Ana Maria Gusmao Self - Appearance
Ronald Wright Self - Author, A Short History of Progress

Producers

Mark Achbar Executive Producer
Martin Scorsese Executive Producer
Emma Tillinger Koskoff Executive Producer
Betsy Carson Executive Producer
Silva Basmajian Executive Producer
Denise Robert Producer
Daniel Louis Producer
Gerry Flahive Producer
François Girard Producer

Editors

Louis-Martin Paradis

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