A film by Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks
86 minutes, color, English, 2011
Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society? Or too much of a good thing? Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese, this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through the major "progress traps" facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.
Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese & Mark Achbar (The Corporation, Manufacturing Consent).
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"This mind-expanding documentary bristles with provocative insights and probing questions about humanity and the state of the world." - Los Angeles Times
" Chilling. It tells the truth." - Roger Ebert
"Critic's pick! An all-out assault on our entrenched world views." - Washington Post
" Elegant. Wisely humane to its core, this beautiful documentary reacquaints us with the idea that not all technological, materialistic and relentlessly acquisitive behavior works either for us or for those around us." - Chicago Tribune
"Critic's choice. Excellent! Succinct and entertaining. Weaves together a vast assortment of materials as well as information, to highly watchable results. Do the earth a favor: see this movie, and drag a skeptic you know along." - San Francisco Bay Guardian
"A who's-who of great thinkers are riveting as they walk us through the question of whether we will or can survive progress." - Seattle Weekly
"Clear, intelligent, visually striking... paints a portrait of a civilization with an end-game eerily similar to that of the Roman empire." - The Times-Pcayune (New Orleans)
"One of the most thought-provoking documentaries I've ever seen, and also one of the best looking. Epic in scope." - Ain't It Cool News
A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright
The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future by Tom Wessels
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood
The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature by David Suzuki
Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall
See details about this film's theatrical run.
• Introduction by Martin Scorsese: New York City Premiere, Film Society of Lincoln Center