In the USA suburbia’s promise of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility is embedded in the American consciousness. But as we enter the 21st century, this looks less and less sustainable. With brutal honesty and some irony, The End of Suburbia explores the prospects of the American way of life as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply.
So, what does peak oil mean for the USA? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react? Are today’s suburbs the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia?
Film starts at 7.45 and will be followed by discussion and drinks. Running time: 78 mins
Salt of the Earth was produced, written and directed by victims of the “UnAmerican Activities” blacklist, who were unable to make films in Hollywood. The movie was blacklisted in the 1950s during the height of the Cold War, the only film in American film history ever to be blacklisted.
Members of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, Local 890, who were part of the original strike upon which the story is based, appear in this film either as extras or supporting cast.
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Film starts at 7.45 and will be followed by discussion and drinks. Running Time:94 mins
Rubbish – it’s all around us and piling higher by the day. If lucky, it may get put in a green bin and recycled to be rubbish once again in the future. However, for one maverick US architect Michael Reynolds, waste is his construction material for building radically sustainable housing.
Garbage Warrior is a feature length documentary that follows one man’s triumph over bureaucracy and his aim to change the world. Reynolds experimental structures, named ‘Earthships’, do not meet building standards which unsurprisingly creates conflict between himself, his profession and the authorities who are backed by wealthy corporations. Natural disasters intervene to allow him to demonstrate his garbage construction to the world.
Film starts at 7.45 and will be followed by discussion and drinks. Running Time: 86 mins