A phone discussion with Montreal based filmmaker Mathieu Roy about his upcoming documentary Surviving Progress. An epic documentary based on Ronald Wright's best-selling book and co-directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, Surviving Progress challenges the modern notion of progress as technological, economic, and population expansion. Surviving Progress presents the concept of "progress traps"--when there is too much progress, an excess of material wealth that inevitably leads to the depletion of natural resources and the exhaustion of physical human capacities. Some specific issues covered in the film include the industrial and economic boom in China and the deforestation of the rainforests in Brazil. Surviving Progress opens in New York on April 6th, with a national rollout beginning April 20th. Hosted by Xueli Wang.
Friday, March 23, 2012