The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (trailer)

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 inspiring look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." Cuba, being the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.
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