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 for 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 reached its all-time peak. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope (from the Power of Community website).
Admission to the film is free! The film will be shown in the Horowitz Auditorium (Room 126) of the Global Communications Building on the Bradley campus (this is the large building that abuts the dormitory located just north of Saint Mark Church). Showtime is 7:30 pm. The run time of this film is 53 minutes. We will have a brief discussion following the film and then move to the lobby for light refreshments (donations are welcome to help defray the cost for refreshments).