A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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Surviving Progress at the Rendez-vous de l'ONF en Acadie

Press release


Moncton, October 29, 2012 – After screenings in several countries, including Italy, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Argentina, and the United States, as well as in Toronto and Montreal, Surviving Progress, a film by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks (2011, 87 min) will be on the program at the Rendez-vous de l'ONF en Acadie, in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, starting the week of November 4,  2012. This excellent film depicts human advancement as a story that is both awe-inspiring and double-edged. The film features appearances by fascinating figures including author Margaret Atwood, primatologist Jane Goodall, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki.

Free films

Surviving Progress will be screened on Sunday, November 4, at Pointe-de-l'Église, on Monday, November 5, in Moncton and Caraquet, and on Tuesday, November 6 in Fredericton. All screenings start at 7:00 p.m., except the one in Caraquet, which starts at 7:30. Entry is free!

An awe-inspiring, double-edged adventure

Surviving Progress was inspired by the best-selling book A Short History of Progress, by Ronald Wright. In his book, Wright explains how civilizations have been repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps”—alluring technologies that serve immediate needs but ransom the future. The film reveals the risks that humans run by processing 21st-century software data (their skills and knowledge) in their primate brains—machines that have not been updated for the past 50 000 years.

Surviving Progress lets us hear from researchers who have studied human evolution from the primates to the people of today. Some of these thinkers amplify Wright's urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation.

Surviving Progress is a co-production of Cinémaginaire, Big Picture Media Corporation, and the NFB, produced by Daniel Louis and Denise Robert (Cinémaginaire) and Gerry Flahive (NFB). The executive producers are Mark Achbar and Betsy Carson (Big Picture Media Corporation), Silva Basmajian (NFB), Martin Scorsese, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.

Coming soon

Starting the week of November 11, 2012, L'homme aux cellules d'or ( The Man with the Golden Cells) (2007, 53 min), a documentary film  by Florence Martin-Kessler, will be screened at the Rendez-vous de l'ONF en Acadie. This film explores the controversial lawsuit that John Moore launched against his doctor, a lawsuit that marked the birth and rise of biotechnologies. Can the human body be reduced to a testing ground for scientific research

Great films every week

Every week, the Rendez-vous de l'ONF en Acadie offers great Canadian films of the past few years, on the big screen. For the complete schedule for this season (in French only), visit: onf.ca/rendez-vous.   

These free film evenings will be held at the following locations:

·    Baie Sainte-Marie (Pointe-de-l'Église) NS: Salle Marc-Lescarbot at Université Sainte-Anne (1695 Highway 1)
·    Fredericton NB: Bibliothèque Dre-Marguerite-Michaud (Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne, 715 Priestman Street)
·    Caraquet NB: Cinéma Coop (Caraquet Cultural Center: 220, boul. Saint-Pierre Ouest)
·    Edmundston NB: Mgr. W. J. Conway  Public Library (33 Irene Street)
·    Moncton NB: amphitheatre of Pavillon Jacqueline-Bouchard at the Université de Moncton.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

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For more information, contact:

Madeleine Blanchard, for the NFB
Telephone: 506-384-6897
E-mail: madoblan@nbnet.nb.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@onf.ca