End:Civ film urges drastic, immediate change

By EndCiv.com

END:CIV by Franklin Lopez (2010, 75 mins) examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling two-volume tome by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?”

The causes underlying the collapse of civilizations are usually traced to overuse of resources. As we write this, the world is reeling from economic chaos, peak oil, climate change, environmental degradation, and political turmoil. Every day, the headlines re-hash stories of scandal and betrayal of the public trust. We don’t have to make outraged demands for the end of the current global system — it seems to be coming apart already.

Backed by Jensen’s narrative, the film calls on us to act as if we truly love this land. The film trips along at a brisk pace, using music, archival footage, motion graphics, animation, slapstick and satire to deconstruct the global economic system, even as it implodes around us. END:CIV illustrates first-person stories of sacrifice and heroism with intense, emotionally-charged images that match Jensen’s poetic and intuitive approach. Scenes shot in the back country provide interludes of breathtaking natural beauty alongside clearcut evidence of horrific but commonplace destruction.

END:CIV features interviews with Paul Watson, Waziyatawin,  Gord Hill, Michael Becker, Peter Gelderloos, Lierre Keith, James Howard Kunstler, Stephanie McMillan, Qwatsinas, Rod Coronado, John Zerzan and more.

But acts of courage, compassion and altruism abound, even in the most damaged places. By documenting the resilience of the people hit hardest by war and repression, and the heroism of those coming forward to confront the crisis head-on, END:CIV illuminates a way out of this all-consuming madness and into a saner future.


Watch in five parts, and buy the film here: http://endciv.com/

Derrick Jensen’s Twenty Premises can be found here.

3 responses to “End:Civ film urges drastic, immediate change

  1. I watched this film on Sunday evening. You can read a response and critique on my blog. I argue primitivism resembles Ray Kurzweil’s techo-utopian Singularity movement in its conception of technology as an autonomous force and its willingness to accept horrors on the path to an idealized future. As I an alternative I recommend radical pluralism along the lines of Voltairine de Cleyre’s anarchism without adjectives.

  2. A great film. My only criticism being that it doesn’t even mention the planet’s biggest problem: that there are about five billion more humans on the planet than it can sustain. Unless we start dealing with the population explosion, nothing else we do will make much difference. In the west this seems to have become a taboo subject, apparently because it was China that was the first nation to actually legislate measures to begin dealing with the problem.

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