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About the Movie
Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress (which inspired SURVIVING PROGRESS), shows how past civilizations were destroyed by "progress traps" - alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world's resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn't an evolutionary dead-end.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 36
- Fresh: 27
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Zippily edited and nicely photographed, "Surviving Progress" is a fine summary of a hot ugly mess. But like too many short documentaries, it can't do justice to its complex topic or finally to those of us watching.
Fresh: Surviving Progress offers a cinematic wakeup call so cogent and non-didactic even Tea Partyers would be hard-pressed to shrug it off.
Fresh: This cautionary documentary makes a strong case that our technological advances are in fact dooming us.
Fresh: The anticapitalism prognosis is grim, and the hope offered is slim indeed.
mandatory viewing! terrific + engaging
This is a terrific summary f the state of our world today and gives a quick insight into why nothing changes...it should be mandatory viewing for everyone - easy to watch and very very engaging....I HIGHLY recommend this!
- Genre: Documentary
- Released: 2011
- © 2011 Cinémaginaire Inc. - Film Progreso Inc. - Invisible Hand Productions Inc. in co-production with The National Film Board of Canada. All Rights Reserved. Distributed exclusively in Canada by Alliance Films. All Rights Reserved.