‘The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil’ (16.7.08 @ Housmans)

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‘The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil’ (16.7.08 @ Housmans)

This film is a key text in the Transition Towns projects. You may expect a film about Cuba to be a homage to Fidel Castro, but this celebrates a more anarchist, grass-roots approach to solving the growing problem of our age: producing food without oil.


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‘The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil’
hosted by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign

A screening of this inspirational film which recounts how Cuba has managed to feed its people with limited access to imported oil and foods. Followed by Q&A. Hosted by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.



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.

‘The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil’ is a project of The Community Solution, a non-profit organization that designs and teaches low-energy solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil fuel based, industrialized, and centralized way of living.

Luis Santamaria of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign will be introducing the film and running a question and answer session afterwards.

The film runs at 53 mins, and is exempt from classification.

Film information

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)
Certificate: Exempt from classification
Director: Faith Morgan
Runtime: 53 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Colour: Colour

Event information

Wednesday 16th July – 7pm
Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King's Cross
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

Free entry
Drinks will be available
Nearest tube: King's Cross
map: http://tinyurl.com/2oq9vv

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