The Age of Stupid (2009)

MV5BMjE5NjI5ODYzN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzE5NTU1Mw@@._V1_SY317_CR7,0,214,317_This ambitious documentary/drama/animation hybrid stars Pete Postlethwaite as an archivist in the devastated world of the future, asking the question: “Why didn’t we stop climate change when we still had the chance?” He looks back on footage of real people around the world in the years leading up to 2015 before runaway climate change took place.


2 Responses to The Age of Stupid (2009)

  1. Uwe Pohl March 1, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    I’m a language teacher and teacher trainer at Eötös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. Ever since I saw The Age of Stupid first, I’ve created some space in my first-year language development courses at university where the students and I could watch the film together. It’s a powerful film and I feel that with every year passing (we’re now close to the projected ‘tipping point’) its message hits harder. This is also why I usually give the students time to digest the experience and invite them to share their thoughts and feelings in writing. Interestingly, their responses over the years have not changed much, so this short selection of comments from this year’s group is quite representative:

    “In my opinion, this film was quite unsettling. Controversial feelings and thoughts came to my mind while I was watching it, an optimist and a pessimist view were “fighting” inside me. Of course I have known about the environmental problems and global warming and those effects already, but – at least for me – it is always a shock to face them. I think everyone on this planet knows that this phenomenon exists, but very few of us know exactly what we should do to turn the global warming’s effects back or at least to stop them.”(Péter)

    “If people weren’t living in their own bubbles, they would be able to see humanity as a whole. I am not saying that minority problems don’t matter, what I’m trying to express is that a sense of unity is the only answer to solving issues like the problem of our extensively damaged planet. There is no current issue that would be more important than wars, oppression, pollution, starvation, the wasting of non-renewable resources and climate change. We can already feel the differences caused by global warming, and there will be much more in the foreseeable future. The sad thing about this is that people sink into depression, despair or what is worse, ignorance, believing they can’t do anything about it. We could at least try to convince the 1% by global movements or regularly holding speeches to masses, as it is essential to stop polluting Earth from oil and switch to environment-friendly energy resources.” (Gabi)

    “After watching the movie one of my first thoughts was that I will definitely persuade my companion not to buy a car (which she has been planning for a while). That’s a credit to the movie, as it seems to be impressive, but later on some aspects of it started to make me object to its direct influence on me. It was simply too unscientific and put the emphasis very much on feelings, operating with scenes that create feelings in us instantly. Sometimes it was even pretentious. I accept that it’s a criterion to earn wide interest among the masses but it’s also the same property that forces those who don’t like to be manipulated to refuse it at some point.” (Tibor)

    “To be honest, this film shocked me. I’ve known about these problems – as everybody else does – but it is completely different to face them through personal examples. Unfortunately, people will not do anything until the situation gets so serious that change will be the one and only opportunity. I’m afraid that every living being on Earth will be heavily harmed by that time.” (Eszter)

  2. Bill March 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    The film is available in full on the Internet. Just search for the title on YouTube.

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