Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
Produced by Community Solutions, directed by Faith Morgan.
53 minutes, 2006.
Subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Taiwanese-Mandarin.
When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1990s, the country faced an immediate crisis feeding the population and an ongoing challenge: how to create a new low-energy society.
Power of Community tells the story of the Cuban people’s hardship, ingenuity, and triumph over sudden adversity through cooperation, conservation, and community.
Hailed as a glimpse into the future of peak oil for all of us, Power of Community goes a long way to turning our anticipation of the future from fear to hope. Along the way, we get a compassionate and lively look at Cuban culture.
Shot beautifully to give you the sense that you are there experiencing the Power of Community. The interviews are genuine and forward looking — they are very real about the problems and challenges we face, without being brutal or excessively alarmist.
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For more, the Community Solution’s companion book is also available in the FIC store, called Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change.
The publisher of Power of Community states that this DVD is “region free” and can be played on nearly any DVD player–thousands have been shipped to countries outside North America.