DVD: What A Way To Go - Life At The End of Empire


"Perhaps the most important media message of our time." - Jan Lundberg, CultureChange.org

"The two hours of this documentary are two hours that bring hope for the future of humanity by awakening and informing in the most profound yet lucid way imaginable." - Daniel Quinn, author, "Ishmael," "The Story of B"

"It inspired me and brought me to tears; it lionized me and made me want to go to war; it's completely the emotional wave the introduction warned me it would be. Let it wash over you, let it embolden you, and it will give you the courage to seize the future." - Jason Godesky, The Anthropik Network

"Heart-felt and poignant, this documentary will touch you as very few things can. It will scare, and it will make you think. Though it will give you hope, it will leave you with no easy answers." - Dale Pfeiffer, The Mountain Sentinel

This film is one that will only be seen if people at the grassroots who are moved by its decide to get a copy of the DVD and show it as far and widely as they can in their local region. You will not find it showing at a local theatre (unless you rent the theatre and organize the screening yourself). You won';t find it showing on any of the major TV networks or cable, because it's still true, as Gil Scott-Heron sang in 1970, "the revolution will not be televised." The filmmaker may be available to travel to speak and answer questions before/after a screening.

Here is one viewer's response, from the Internet Movie Data Base listing for the film:

"I gave this movie 10 out of 10 not because it is a great documentary or because it is written so well or because of the editing, etc. but because It contains the most important information that you may ever find in a documentary! This does not mean it is a pleasant experience. On the contrary, I don't think most people can handle what this move has to say. It is an unflinching look at the dominant culture currently in place on Earth and how we are on a collision course with the destiny of our own making. This movie is similar to "An Inconvenient Truth" in that it discusses climate change but it also talks about Peak Oil, Population Growth and Mass Extinction. Do you think that this is all bullsh*t? See the movie, read up on the people who were interviewed and what they have to say. Read Ismail by Daniel Quinn, read anything by Derrick Jensen. Make up your own mind, talk to people about what this movie has to say. This is the most important thing you can do with you time. Drop everything, find a copy of this movie and watch it now! No, I'm not associated with the film-maker. I just watched this film and it blew me away!"

Another wrote:
"Now aside from the director's glum sounding narration (and with the gravity of the subject is warranted) this film is very engaging and thought provoking. Unlike Leonardo DiCaprio's 11th Hour and Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth, this film delves deep into why no technology will save us from the impending collapse of industrial civilization. The director focuses on four main crises: Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, & Population Overshoot. Among other things you'll learn: How oil is embedded in our food production and when it's gone so is our food; How extinction rates are one thousand times greater than normal background extinction rates; How agriculture itself is inherently unsustainable; How earth can only support one billion humans without petroleum; How the myth of the technofix keeps everyone believing in a "happily-ever-after" scenario that won't come true. This film gets ten out of ten for it's level-headed approach to what could possibly be the end of our domination of the earth. It is REQUIRED viewing for anyone concerned with humanity's future."

"The film is a wake-up call to tell us that it's later than we think; it's a challenge to shock us out of our deep-seated denial of the depth of the problems facing us. It's is NOT a justification to give up and continue on the path we've been on the past two generations. It IS a clarion-call to make, as poet Grace Paley put it, "enormous changes at the last minute." - Clay Colt