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Power of Community, The: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

Synopsis
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half - and food by 80 percent - people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans talk about how they moved from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis - the massive reduction of fossil fuels - is an example of options and hope.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2006
Year of production
2006
Subjects
Agriculture; Economics; Environmental science
Keywords
Cuba; economic geography; energy; environmental issues; fossil fuels

Credits

Director
Faith Morgan

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1
Price
$20.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
53 minutes
Year
2007

Production Company

Name

Community Solution

Email
info@communitysolution.org
Web
http://www.communitysolution.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 937 767 2161
Address
PO Box 243
Yellow Springs
OH 45387
USA

Online Retailer

Name

Peak Moment Television

Email
info@peakmoment.tv
Web
http://www.peakmoment.tv External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 530 265 4244
Address
15504 Lone Bobcat Way
Nevada City
CA 95959
USA

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