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The 11th hour & The Age of Stupid - two well produced documentaries that you should not miss

11th hour
I have recently watched two very interesting and quite educational documentaries that make you realise the implication of your everyday life on nature. The first one is called 11th hour, which was created, narrated and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners and release 3 years ago. So once you have watched this one you will soon come to a conclusion that is it not really 11th hour but something like 11:59:59 given the recent oil spill and other environmental disasters that this particular film could not capture.

Speakers include former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, and progressive CEO Ray Anderson, hero of The Corporation. Granted, there’s no obvious youth appeal in these subjects, but the presence of the Titanic heartthrob-turned-Scorsese star, who keeps his on-screen narration to a tasteful minimum, plus atmospheric tracks from Sigur Rós, Coldplay and Mogwai seems likely to attract a younger crowd. And that seems to be the point, since The 11th Hour is, at heart, a call to arms. It begins by taking a look at the causes of global warming before exploring solutions, from eating organic to building with solar power.

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The other one is called The Age of Stupid featuring oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking back at “archive” footage from 2007 and asking: why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance? Click here to watch the full documentary.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 August 2010 13:23