The Crisis of Civilization: Full Film


“A unique film. Everyone should see it.” – Nick Broomfield (Bafta award winning
documentary filmmaker)

“A powerful critique of a failed global system and a manifesto for constructive
social change” – Leeds International Film Festival

“A really fantastic overview of the global situation. I don’t think I’ve seen a more
comprehensive ‘welcome to the 21st century’.” – Richard Heinberg, Senior
Fellow-in-Residence, Post Carbon Institute

“Peak Kitsch…fun, funny, engaging and ultimately a powerful call-to-action” -
Transition Voice

“Through interviews, found footage, and animation, the film actually manages to make
the unwinding of our conventional, fossil-fueled, more-is-more industrial
civilization accessible” -

“This film is necessary viewing, not just for activists but for anyone who’s
planning to hang around this planet for the foreseeable future. Yes, I’m looking at
you.” – Ceasefire Magazine

“A film which offers a glimmer of hope to the overwhelmed.” – Little White Lies


The Crisis of Civilization is a documentary feature film investigating how global
crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves,
terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global

Weaving together archival film footage and animations, film-maker Dean Puckett,
animator Lucca Benney and international security analyst Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed –
author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It – offer a
stunning wake-up call proving that ‘another world’ is not merely possible, but on
its way.

Like the book on which it is based, the film consists of seven parts which explore
the interconnected dynamic of global crises of Climate Catastrophe; Peak Energy;
Peak Food; Economic Instability; International Terrorism; and the Militarization
Tendency – with a final section on The Post-Peak World.

The film reveals how a failure to understand the systemic context of these crises,
linked to neoliberal ideology, has generated a tendency to deal not with their root
structural causes, but only with their symptoms. This has led to the proliferation
of war, terror, and state-terror, including encroachment on civil liberties, while
accelerating global crises rather than solving them.

The real solution, Nafeez argues, is to recognise the inevitability of
civilizational change, and to work toward a fundamental systemic transformation
based on more participatory forms of living, politically, economically and

Also featuring clowns, car crashes, explosions, acrobats, super heroes, xylophones
and much, much more!


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- Articles by Dr. Nafeez Ahmed and others

- Excerpts from the film, Artwork, Reviews, Interviews, The Crisis of Civilization

About author
We are just like you, citizens of the world fed up with the critical situation and we believe a real change can be achieved through the coordination of non violent actions and self-managed alternatives around the world. There must be a better way of dealing with the survival and enjoyment of our life, we believe in consensus and in non-hierarchical organization. We believe that another world is possible, where nobody has to die of hunger while others throw food away. We don’t have flags and we fight the borders crossing them. We try to be in the best place at the good moment, from Brussels to Lisbon, from Madrid to Athens, reporting but also acting. We come from activist groups, hacking platforms or post capitalist projects and we participated a lot in the Spanish revolution since the beginning. We leave our respective assemblies for this international project of global coordination but we keep in touch, sending back information and visiting regularly. We are open to integrate new people to our project or to help the creation of new teams. More information about our way to work in the protocol.

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