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Surviving Progress (2012)

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Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired Surviving Progress, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by "progress traps" - alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world's resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn't an evolutionary dead-end. -- (C) First Run

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These are critically important issues, but it needs a sharper point to get through thick skulls, and even evolved humans who are tired of the treadmill of progress might ask: What else is new?

June 8, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A slick jeremiad, "Surviving Progress" is expertly made (it's far from tedious) but intellectually muddled.

May 17, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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[A] remarkably cogent, albeit remarkably alarming, film.

May 17, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
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They shy away from proposing solutions, and the filmmakers capture humanizing clashes that illustrate the challenges of finding a balance that serves all parties.

May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, adapting a book by Ronald Wright, argue so persuasively that the human race is spinning out of control.

May 4, 2012 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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It's self-evident and tells the truth.

May 3, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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