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The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

Faith Morgan / United States - Cuba / 2006 / 53 ' / English

Credits

Eric Johnson
Faith Morgan, Eugene 'Pat' Murphy & Megan Quinn
Gregory Greene & Faith Morgan
Thomas E. Blessing, Faith Morgan, Eugene 'Pat' Murphy & Megan Quinn

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Awards & Festivals

2007 Winner, Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival, New Zealand, People’s Choice Award, Best International Award
2007 Winner, Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, Nevada City, CA, Jury’s Choice Award
2007 Winner, New York International Independent Film Festival, Grand Jury Best Documentary Award
2007 Winner, Washington DC Film Festival, Grand Jury Best Documentary Award
2007 Winner, Our Island, Our World Film Festival, Canada, Audience Award
2007 Winner, Malibu International Film Festival, CA, Best Documentary Film
2008 Winner, International Festival of Environmental Film, Tunisia, Golden Carpet Award

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Once the oil is gone, where will the world turn?

Synopsis

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.

 

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