The Age of Stupid

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Director: Franny Armstrong | Countries of production: United Kingdom | Year: 2009 | Length: 92 min
Language: English, French with English subtitles | Certificate: 12A Cert

A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.

Multi-award-winning documentary director Franny Armstrong (McLibel, Drowned Out) and Oscar-winning producer John Battsek (One Day In September, Restrepo) pioneered the now ubiquitous ‘crowd-funding’ model to finance the film, and then spent four years following seven real people’s stories to be interweaved with Pete Postlethwaite’s fictional character: an Indian entrepreneur struggling to start a new low-cost airline,  a Shell employee in New Orleans who rescued more than 100 people during Hurricane Katrina, an 82-year-old French mountain guide watching his beloved glaciers melt, two Iraqi refugee children searching for their elder brother, a young woman living in desperate poverty in Nigeria’s richest oil area, and a windfarm developer in Britain battling the NIMBYs who don’t want his turbines to spoil their view.


“An irresistible David and Goliath tale… you can’t help but cheer along”
Seattle Times

Hawaii International Film Festival, Winner, Best Feature
Sun Child Festival, Winner, Best Investigation of Environmental Issues

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