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.
Subscribe here. Your support helps grow our 5000+ video library, which is 99% free and contains no ads thanks to our patrons.
Cancel any time via your settings page.
Use the Explore menu to filter content by type and topic. Selections stack, so you can view Film Types about Specific Topics.
Submit videos directly to our library! Just sign up and click +Add Video at the top of the site and paste the video URL to get started.
Create an account to save videos and articles for later and rate content for others
Filmmakers: Interested in our TVOD or SVOD services? Films For Action is one of the best homes for paradigm-shifting documentaries.
Contact us if you have a site or film suggestion, question, want to volunteer, or you're a filmmaker looking to collaborate.
Let's be the media!