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THRIVE - a fascinatingly illustrated documentary,
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This review is from: Thrive - What on earth will it take? [DVD] (DVD)
THRIVE is a documentary on our financial system and its consequences. It is based on interviews, but unlike many such films, what is said in each interview is fascinatingly illustrated with computer-animated images. Additionally, animated drawings show how money works toward power and it suggests possible ways out of this. The film not only riveted the attention of my students (13-18 years), but was considered 'cool'.
THRIVE is made with deep commitment, it presents shattering facts, yet it is never polemic. Witnesses and video-proof are offered in each case. This film is comparable to the second and third 'Zeitgeist'-movies in its aim and in some of its information, but it follows a personal quest and so is not a non-profit venture like the 'Zeitgeist'-movement. Like 'Zeitgeist 2-Addendum' it shows how money works, but beyond this THRIVE makes visualizable how in the long run the system works logically to the increasing profit and accumulating power of only a few families, no matter how hard other people work to thrive. A review of history shows, that financial crashes are not god-given accidents or due to a lack of effort on the part of the people or the politicians, but necessary recurring elements of the system. THRIVE also documents that facts or inventions making use of simple and cheap means of generating energy or of curing cancer etc. based on quantenphysics/ magnetism are suppressed, since no profit/power can be gained from them. Such inventions would in fact make profitable and manipulatable sources of energy or healing redundant and unsalable. While 'Zeitgeist 3 - moving forward' offers a vision of solutions based on technology and rebuilding our cities, THRIVE shows us a vision of what could be done immediately within a year or two, if we united to want such a change. In heartwarming pictures it offers ideas on what each single person can do to help achieve it.
By the way: The quality of not only the English original, but also the foreign language versions (i.e. German) is excellent.