Martin Scorsese presents Surviving Progress, a doom-and-gloom-fueled compilation film inspired by the book A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright. Tackling a bunch of issues and signs that point to humanity’s likely downfall — or even extinction — co-directors Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks (one of the writers of The Corporation) address the financial crisis, overpopulation, increasing industrialization, the destruction of the Amazon rain forest, and greater existential questions regarding the nature of progress, good and bad.
Tonally it’s a very dark doc, but aesthetically it’s a great looking film, and one I warmed up to more in a second viewing. It might leave you with more cynicism than outrage, more depressed than hopeful, but it should provoke some response. Features interviews with Stephen Hawking, Margaret Atwood, Jane Goodall, Ronald Wright and more.
Also see my in-depth interview with Mathieu Roy here.