The Age of Stupid
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The Age of Stupid imagines the world in 2055, devastated by the disastrous effects of climate change. Humanity’s sole survivor (Pete Postlethwaite) takes refuge in an Arctic storage facility, compiling archive footage from 1950-2008 to discover what went wrong. Director Fanny Armstrong presents a fascinating mosaic of people whose lives have been deeply affected by global warming, including a Hurricane Katrina survivor, an elderly French mountain guide, and an 8-year-old Iraq war refugee. Their stories show the ravages of climate change and suggest, in some cases, possible solutions for a more hopeful future.
"A much sterner and more alarming polemic than 'An Inconvenient Truth.' " -- Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Bold, supremely provocative, and hugely important, her film is a cry from the heart as much as a roar for necessary change." -- Sukhdev Sandhu, The Daily Telegraph
"Provides a visual and emotional power that drives home this absorbing film's crucial cautionary message." -- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
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As with good science fiction, the result is thought-provoking not because it presents a plausible future (although it does that), but because it opens up the question of why we do the things we do (even when they are obviously suicidal). It works by replacing some of our habitual assumptions, which are often little more than wishful thinking, with a more scientifically informed and realistic (though fictional) perspective. And the film brings this home to us by focussing on specific people: a young Nigerian woman, an Iraqi family, a French guide who has watched the Alpine glaciers melt for decades, a UK couple trying to reduce their ecological footprint, and an oil company scientist who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. All of them are, in their different ways, trying to cope with what amounts to a massive oil spill -- more literally, with the effects of Western society's addiction to oil-fueled consumption mania.
Despite what the title may suggest, the film's answer to the question of why we failed to save ourselves is neither simple nor cynical. You have to work it out for yourself, drawing on your empathy with the very real folks who appear in the film.Read more ›
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it make you realize a lots about human and resource real great docu you must have a look at that.Published on Nov. 13 2013 by Pat Tremblay
For many, this film is preaching to the converted, but otherwise it is a very interesting and refreshing way of demonstrating an argument and simplifies things in a way easier for... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2010 by Colin