Film Screening - 'The Power of Community' - exploring local food supply issues

We're holding the third of our monthly film screenings on key issues of our time. The aim is to try and inform and develop peoples thinking around these topics. We hope to encourage existing initiatives, and maybe catalyse some more!

This month's film is 'The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006):
52 min - Documentary
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 share how they transitioned 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.

Key Issues: government, peak oil, community, food, sustainability, energy, relocalization

In association with Films For Action Invercargill:

Location / Venue: 
SVCF, Level 3, 5 The Crescent, Invercargill, 9810