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