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Surviving Progress

HD   G Closed Captioning

Mathieu Roy

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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. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Apr 5, 2012

Fresh: Surviving Progress offers a cinematic wakeup call so cogent and non-didactic even Tea Partyers would be hard-pressed to shrug it off. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Apr 2, 2012

Fresh: This cautionary documentary makes a strong case that our technological advances are in fact dooming us. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Apr 9, 2012

Fresh: The anticapitalism prognosis is grim, and the hope offered is slim indeed. – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, Apr 3, 2012

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Customer Reviews

mandatory viewing! terrific + engaging

This is a terrific summary f the state of our world today and gives a quick insight into why nothing should be mandatory viewing for everyone - easy to watch and very very engaging....I HIGHLY recommend this!

Surviving Progress
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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