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Documentary: 'The Power of Community'

March 9, 2012

Recipient of the People's Choice Award for Best International Film, 'The Power of Cummunity' is about Cuba's transition to a low-energy society after its imports of cheap oil from the former Soviet Union were almost completely cut off. 'A real-life reality film about a disaster coming to your town -- what would you do?'

Wednesday, March 21
Behavioral Sciences
7-9:30 p.m.
Room 131
  • 7-7:30 p.m. - cartoon
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m. - film

How would America fare?

The producers of The Power of Community ask a provocative question: "In the face of...declining oil production, will America do what it takes to survive, in spite of its ideology of individualism and consumerism?

"Will Americans come together in community, as Cubans did, in the spirit of sacrifice and mutual support?"

Film summary

"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."

~ Film producers


This event is being sponsored by the Student Sustainability Center. The SSC’s mission is to empower students to advance sustainability principles and practices at Colorado State University and beyond. Through innovation and collaboration with the campus and surrounding community, we work to raise awareness about opportunities for positive environmental impact and lead projects to achieve personal and institutional sustainability.

Contact: Josh Alley
Phone: (970) 817-4539