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The_age_of_stupid240909World leaders were in New York, during these days,  for the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations. They should find a solution to the problems that are tormentig the planet. Today, after a UN Security Council devoted to the nuclear non-proliferation, it will be the turn of the G20 (until tomorrow). While the leaders are discussing, finding a few solutions, a movie tries to open people eyes on the consequences of climate change.


The Age of Stupid, a documentary by Franny Armstrong played by Academy Awards nominated Pete Postlethwaite, is proposed as a "manifesto" on climate change. The movie has used the UN climate meeting in New York, on September 21st and 22nd, to organize a "Global Premiere" at a cinema tent, solar-powered and connected with 442 theaters in the United States and more than 200 in over 45 countries around the world, in front of Kofi Annan, too. The event has become the most viewed 'premiere' in cinema history and thanks to satellite technology has saved carbon dioxide emissions on film production and distribution. This preview cost only one hundredth of the greenhouse gases that would be produced by normal worldwide promotion of a movie.
The film wants to send a clear message to the world, now that the Copenhagen conference (in December) is approaching. It will ratify the new treaty on climate change that will update the Kyoto Protocol, never ratified by the United States.

The main character of the movie, Pete Postelethwithe, is an elderly gentleman in the devastated world of 2055 who is looking at some photos of 2008 and asks "Why we didn't halt climate change when we had the chance?" This question wants to persuade who is watching the movie to do something to save the planet.
The prospect of the world, in 45 years, is frightening. Las Vegas is incorporated in the desert, London is burning, the polar ice is melting. Life is concentrated in a fictional skyscraper stuck in the Arctic, where the protagonist shows his archive that explains a climate catastrophe planned for a long time but never stopped.
The film, supported by Greenpeace and WWF, is a collective production because the movie's budget, around 450,000 dollars, was funded by 223 individuals and groups concerned about climate change.

The film begins with the only survivor of the environmental disaster that has devastated the Earth who is asking appalled: "We could save us and we didn't, what mental state were we in?" The movie message is simple: because of our way of life and our consumption, climate change and its tragic consequences are not at all surprising. What is the solution? We should immediately change our habits.
The stories told in the film shows our insane state of mind through five stories, all with a common thread: the consumption and the desire to grow and enrich themselves. Only the survivor of the tragedy make us thinking: "We have broken the covenant with our children to whom we have promised to leave the world better than how we found it." But those kids were too anxious to try to survive this disaster to be angry. So no one took care of the world.
The only remedy to this scary scenario is the care of the world that is around us. Maybe it is not too late.


Marianna Lepore

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2009 13:58  
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