Future Perfect Film: Recipes for Disaster
The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC CAUSES)
Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Recipes for Disaster Finland, 2008, 63 min Director: John Webster
Winner, Best Documentary Film at the Jussi Awards, which is the Finnish National Film Prize.
This film chronicles the efforts of director John Webster’s family to go on an “oil diet” in order to limit their carbon footprint and its disastrous environmental consequences like global warming. It reveals the surprising extent to which petroleum-based products figure in our everyday lives, including home heating and electricity, transportation, food, plastic products, clothing, and even toothpaste and shampoo. Webster’s family eventually gives up their car, although his wife and son are quite reluctant about it. Archival footage of consumer society from the 1960s provides an ironic contrast to their sacrifices, and on-screen text and charts detail environmental statistics about individual contributions to greenhouse gases.
The film is part of the Future Perfect Project. the exhibition which tells the stories of individuals, initiatives, organizations and businesses that have moved from ideas towards action for a better, more sustainable future. Learn more: www.goethe.de/futureperfectproject