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USA, 2009, 82 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subject: Documentary
Language: English

MUST END March 4
Digital presentation - Americans generally like to hear good news. Pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst? Meet Michael Ruppert, former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert recounts his career as a radical thinker and spells out the crises he sees ahead. He is especially passionate about the issue of peak oil, the concern raised by scientists since the seventies that the world will eventually run out of fossil fuel. Listening to his rapid flow of opinions, the viewer is likely to question some of the rhetoric as paranoid or deluded, and to sway back and forth on what to make of the extremism. Director Chris Smith (AMERICAN MOVIE, THE YES MEN) lets viewers form their own judgments. While other observers analyze details of the economic crisis, Ruppert views it as symptomatic of nothing less than the collapse of industrial civilization itself.

DIRECTOR: Chris Smith
Principal Cast: Michael Ruppert
US Distributor: Vitagraph Films

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