Surviving Progress

Director: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks | Countries of production: Canada | Year: 2011 | Length: 86 min
Language: English, French, Portuguese | Age: 12+ years
Genres: Documentary | | Regions: Global

Humanity’s ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse

Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged, revealing the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our intellectual know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain, the structure of which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years.

With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers, and asks – can we, in the twenty-first century, continue in this way?

Bone-chilling, entertaining (!) and coherent. It tells the truth.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Bristles with provocative insights and probing questions about humanity
LA Times

Vancouver Film Critics Circle 2012, Nominated, Best Documentary

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