|Release||April 6, 2012 (Limited)|
|Cast||Stephen Hawking, David Suzuki, Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Michael Hudson|
|Director||Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks|
|Writer||Harold Crooks, Mathieu Roy|
|Studio||First Run Features|
Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired SURVIVING PROGRESS, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by progress traps - alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world's resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn't an evolutionary dead-end.