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MOVIE REVIEW OF ...
Anima Mundi

Documentary; Released: 2011

This 'Anima Mundi' review written by Mark Jeantheau, Grinning Planet.

DVD cover for Anima Mundi Anima Mundi explores the systemic crisis we face—we know the system is broken and will eventually fail, but we are so depended on it, we cannot get rid of it. Meanwhile, the planet's life support systems are changing in a way that will not be good for humans (and many other species).

The film lays the blame for the ecological crisis on the "scientist worldview"—common among technologists, industrialists, politicians and consumers in the Western world—which treats the world as something to exploit and dominate rather than something to integrate with.

The film asks the viewer: Will you survive the transition of human industrial civilization happening now due to peak oil and climate change? Can you see the forest for the trees, the earth for the dream, the universe for the seed?

Anima Mundi uses the Gaia hypotheses to inform the best response to the crisis—that we need to move from today's tightly integrated, centrally controlled system to a highly distributed network of loosely connected systems based on local production and control. That's good advice, and Anima Mundi presents the case well. Interviewees include top thinkers like Vandana Shiva, Michael Ruppert, and David Holmgren.

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Liner notes for 'Anima Mundi':
Tagline: Permaculture, Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Soul of the World   Categories: Environmental Movies, Environmental Collapse Films.   Produced, Written, and Directed by Peter Charles Downey.   Featuring interviews with David Holmgren, Stephan Harding, John Seed, Michael Ruppert, Vandana Shiva, Noam Chomsky, Michael Reynolds, Christine James, Mark O'Meadhra, Dan Palmer, Adam Grubb.   Runtime: 77 minutes

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