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German Film “The Fourth Revolution” at Agnes Scott College; Discussion with Producer

Way back when, there was the agrarian revolution; then came the industrial revolution; a few decades ago, we went through the digital revolution; now we need a fourth revolution to get us out of the environmental mess created by the previous changes and in order to survive climate change.

The 2010 documentary “The Fourth Revolution” does not argue for street riots and insurgencies. Instead, it lays out a convincing argument for a radical rethinking of energy production. Director Carl Fechner and his team have spent several years researching and interviewing an amazing array of politicians, journalists, and energy experts to demonstrate how the political and social problems of our times are closely intertwined with the reliance on fossil fuels. But instead of stopping at highlighting the problem, this film points at feasible solutions now. As one critic has said, “this is the positive response to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.”

The film has premiered to great acclaim in Europe and has so far been shown at several film festivals in the US and in Canada. The screening at Agnes Scott College will be the beginning of a larger initiative to show this film in schools and universities across the country.

Please distribute this information widely and join us for the screening, followed by a discussion with one of the film’s producer:

When: Tuesday, October 4, 2011; 7:00pm
Where: Buttrick Hall G-4, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA (find the location in google maps)

Film is in German with English subtitles/voiceover.
The event is free and open to the public.
Contact information: Gundolf Graml, ggraml@agnesscott.edu

Update Sep 9:
We also have a nice poster now:

Here is a short trailer with more information about the film:

Update, September 12:

Here is an English-speaking review of the film.

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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2 thoughts on “German Film “The Fourth Revolution” at Agnes Scott College; Discussion with Producer

  1. Here’s a NYT article on why concerted action on climate change is necessary: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/opinion/going-green-but-getting-nowhere.html

    Posted by GG | September 9, 2011, 1:51 pm

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