Featuring some of the world’s great contemporary thinkers, this compelling film explores the concept of progress in our modern world and, more specifically, the idea of “progress traps.” Simply put, these are innovations that seem like smart moves forward but inadvertently cause new problems. From prevalent issues like deforestation and political corruption, to the more controversial concerns of overpopulation and synthetic biology, this film raises critical questions about the pivotal mistakes society has made and does so from a remarkable big-picture perspective. The question of how we escape the traps leads to even deeper concerns about the potential fixes. Inspired by Ronald Wright’s best-seller, A Short History Of Progress.

Directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks. Produced by Daniel Louis and Denise Robert.

Surviving Progress

2011 CA 86 min
Festival Year: 2012
Types: Documentary, Watch Now
Topic: Energy & Resources, Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living

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