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The Crisis Of Civilization

Dean Puckett / United Kingdom / 2012 / 82 ' / English


Dean Puckett
Nafeez Ahmed
Suresh Kara
Lucca Benney
Jeet Thakrar
Jeet Thakrar
Lucca Benney

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Awards & Festivals

Elevate Festival, Graz, Austria, 2011
Leeds International Film Festival, UK, 2011
Aldeburgh DocFest Fringe, Suffolk, UK, 2011
SEE The Brighton Documentary Film Festival, UK, 2012
Oslo Dokumentarkino, Oslo, Norway, 2012
Crossroads Festival, Graz, Austria, 2012
International Human Rights Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012
Portobello Film Festival, London, UK, 2012
Cinema Planeta, Mexico, 2012

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A documentary that offers a stunning wake-up call proving that ‘another world’ is not merely possible, but on its way.


The Crisis of Civilization is a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.

Weaving together archival film footage and animations, film-maker Dean Puckett, animator Lucca Benney and international security analyst Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed – author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It – offer a stunning wake-up call proving that ‘another world’ is not merely possible, but on its way Like the book on which it is based, the film consists of seven parts which explore the interconnected dynamic of global crises of Climate Catastrophe; Peak Energy; Peak Food; Economic Instability; International Terrorism; and the Militarization Tendency – with a final section on The Post-Peak World.

The film reveals how a failure to understand the systemic context of these crises, linked to neoliberal ideology, has generated a tendency to deal not with their root structural causes, but only with their symptoms. This has led to the proliferation of war, terror, and state-terror, including encroachment on civil liberties, while accelerating global crises rather than solving them. The real solution, Nafeez argues, is to recognise the inevitability of civilizational change, and to work toward a fundamental systemic transformation based on more participatory forms of living, politically, economically and culturally. Also featuring clowns, car crashes, explosions, acrobats, super heroes, xylophones and much, much more!


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