One documentary per week – 16 – “Life at the end of empire”

by kaiconfusion

“What A Way To Go: Life at the end of Empire”

(English) – 2007 – 123 min

This is number sixteen of the ” One documentary per week series”.


Every Sunday I post one documentary to watch during the week. Each film is about topics that I think everyone should have awareness about.
Soon I will start posting a whole series of documentaries that focus on solutions – films that show people and projects that are already changing the world!

Take a look at the best documentary website!

Films for actionIt is easy to forget the concerns of the world in our daily lives and hard to grasp the big picture in these hyper complex times. Too easily it can be overseen how our day to day actions and inactions repeated by many have profound impacts on the globe and all its inhabitants at large.

Taking at least an hour every week to learn something new or to be inspired or to be touched, is a great investment of our precious life time!

Often the solutions are just around the bend and start in our own backyards and with our day to day choices! “Think global – act local” is more true and important than ever!

I want to invite everyone into sharing feedback and opinions or to start discussions and to share links of interesting projects that deal with those issues and that are part of the solution rather than part of the problem and share this with everyone that could be interested!
Enjoy watching!

“What A Way To Go: Life at the end of Empire” (English) – 2007 – 123 MIN
Tim Bennett, middle-class white guy, started waking up to the global environmental nightmare in the mid-1980s. But life was so busy with raising kids and pursuing the American dream that he never got around to acting on his concerns. Until now…

Bennett journeys from complacency to consciousness in his feature-length documentary, What a Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire. He reviews his Midwestern roots, ruthlessly examines the stories he was raised with, and then details the grim realities humans now face: escalating climate change, resource shortages, degraded ecosystems, an exploding global population and teetering global economies.

Bennett identifies and calls into question the fundamental assumption that has led to this unprecedented crisis in human history: that humans were destined to dominate the rest of the community of life with the Culture of Empire. He pushes the dialogue where Al Gore did not go.

Powerful interviews with well-known authors including Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen and Richard Heinberg, and noted scientists William Schlesinger and Stuart Pimm, fill in some important pieces. Scathing and humorous use of archival footage is balanced with very human snapshot comments from family and friends.


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