The Society of International Affairs in Gothenburg welcomes you to a free film screening! After the screening we will go to a nearby pub to hang out and discuss the movie.
A cinematic contemplation on our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.
Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.
Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, “A Short History Of Progress" inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps" — alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. With intersecting stories from a Chinese car-driving club, a Wall Street insider who exposes an out-of-control, environmentally rapacious financial elite, and eco-cops defending a scorched Amazon, the film lays stark evidence before us. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.
From executive producer Martin Scorsese, Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge: To prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.
Free for everyone.
Presented in co-operation with Cinema Politica:
Göteborg, Sprängkullsgatan 25
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