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Living in the Time of Dying (2021)

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Living in The Time of Dying is an unflinching look at what it means to be living in the midst of climate catastrophe and finding purpose and meaning within it. Recognising the magnitude of the climate crisis we are facing, independent filmmaker Michael Shaw, sells his house to travel around the world looking for answers. Pretty soon we begin to see how deep the predicament goes along with the systems and ways of thinking that brought us here.

Featured in this documentary are Professor of Sustainability and founder of the Deep Adaptation movement Jem Bendell, award winning journalist and author of "The End of Ice" , Dahr Jamail, Dharma teacher and author of Facing Extinction Catherine Ingram and Stan Rushworth, a Native American Elder, teacher and author who brings an especially enlightening viewpoint to these questions.

While it becomes clear that catastrophic climate change is now inevitable it also opens up a whole new set of questions: How exactly did we arrive at this point? What new choices can we make now re how to live our lives and what actions make sense at this time. The people interviewed in the documentary, all highly regarded and well known spokespeople on the issue, argue it's too late to stop what is coming but in no way is it too late to regain a renewed, life giving relationship with our selves and our world.

Festivals & Awards
Winner: Outstanding Excellence. Docs without Borders.
Winner: Merit Award. Impact Docs
Winner: Merit Award Nature Without Borders
Finalist: Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Selected: Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Selected: North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival




Happy new year folks!

Happy New Year! It's always good to start off on a positive note...

I'm always open to changing my mind and it's always worth keeping up with what the muggles are thinking.

I can see how the green movement is suspicious, and they say this in this film as well, but I usually think there could be a societal collapse regardless of an ecological collapse, but there could possibly be both. I think this film says that it seems inevitable that there will be a global collapse, but that there is still time in our lives to make peace with that. I don't think climate change and the burning of fossil fuels is the only dilemma we face and that is addressed in this documentary. Pollution, the destruction of wildlife habitat and forests, overfishing, overhunting, poaching, unbridled capitalism pushing us all towards more and more mindless consumption and, of course, human overpopulation. Those are all things unrelated to the concept specifically of "climate change" that are all equally as important in regards to the notion of a global collapse in the not too distant future... imho

Oh yeah, there is also a really good section talked about by a First Nations man about how the Anglo-Saxon or "white man" mythology of being kicked out of the Garden of Eden, as definitely opposed by the indigenous belief that man is part of Nature, is also a part of why the modern world seems to be going terribly wrong. That's a spiritual and psychological issue caused by archaic beliefs that God punished mankind for misbehaving in prehistoric times and that causes people born of this hertitage, collectively, to treat the Earth as a thing instead of a living entity, thus our unbridled capitalism and neverending resource extractions etc.