The Crisis of Civilization

The Crisis of Civilization

77 minutes 8.72/10 based on 18 votes

The Crisis of Civilization is a feature-length documentary that examines the major crisis that we are facing in the contemporary world. Rather than pointing the finger at individuals, governments or corporations, the film suggests that these crises are born out of a flawed global structure. Rather than problems independent of each other different causes, they are all intimately connected and all emerge from the same source. Using animation and archival film footage, the film suggests that the world is not only changing but is going to go under a complete upheaval. All these ideas are framed in the context of a dark comedic tone, which presents its somber ideas through a smart and engaging satire.

The film presents the idea that the problems that we currently face are just the symptoms of a civilization in shambles, and that it is only inevitable that a new one takes over. Not completely overwhelmed with the doom and gloom, it suggests that this change is a natural part of life and is often unavoidable. Presenting a wide variety of topics and problems facing the contemporary world, it suggests an alternative way of interpreting and understanding these problems through systematic failures. This point of view suggests that we are not really addressing the real problems, instead working on fixing symptoms rather than the causes.

Built around ideas presented by  a book by international security analyst Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, “A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It”, the movie is broken down into different chapters such as “International Terrorism” and “Economic Instability”, before winding down in an imagination of what this new world might be, called “The Post-Peak World”.  With a lot of imagination and a good dose of controversy, this film challenges the viewers understanding of the social structures that make our society tick.

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7 responses to “The Crisis of Civilization”

  1. ninjamagic says:

    Finally someone is making sense!

  2. Jack says:

    lol such rubbish! The film is hackneyed and proselytizing throughout, Ahmed is arrogant, ignorant and commits the sin of omission throughout. Its funny (read sad) how he comes to these grandiose conclusions without actually presenting any kind of real concrete data or evidence at all. We’re supposed to just take his word for it. Well some of us have brains and some of us don’t believe everything we’re told.

    • metal-fan-666 says:

      Its just a primer to introduce these issues to people who might not otherwise know. There is nothing here that wasn’t already known 10 years ago by that boring guy at the party who always wants to talk about politics and religion etc. This is however, a neat little summary of some truly terminal issues we are facing that will come to fruition if they continue to be ignored by the people at the party too busy talking about their hair products and the kardashians.

  3. C says:

    Have a read about what he is saying if you don’t trust him. I think this is an excellent piece of work.

  4. Ginnie Mac says:

    this “guy” lost me in the beginning with his compartmentalization description: “some guys are looking at the climate, some guys are looking at the economy” blah blah. Uh, probably not all guys in these fields of study, guy. Your alienating 1/2 your viewership. insulting.

  5. S says:

    tell us something we don’t know captain obvious… this was boring as hell.

  6. Snodgrass says:

    Made 15 Mins Same old S**T

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