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Breakpoint: a Counter History of Progress

7.91 h 38 min2019ALL
For the last two centuries progress has been our reason for being. But progress has also given us napalm, pesticides, nuclear waste and global warming. It can be measured in the atmosphere, in the ice caps and in sediment layers. Mixing footage and propaganda with an original soundtrack, Breakpoint looks back at 200 years of development to provide an alternative view of our history of progress.
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OmegaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
No need for a conspiracy theory
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Fantastic overview of how today's social, political, economic, freedom and environmental problems are all a cumulative layering of the greedy and all conquering human nature.

Starting from the modern industrial era, this is a telescopic view of how World events, scientific advances, cultural shifts and most importantly, the meteoric financial rise of a handful of people, has caused incalculable damage to the Earth and it's ecosystems, along with the death and impoverishment of countless people through the ages, politicians and industry wallah's continue their quest for the seemingly inevitable annihilation of the everything on the planet.

The rise of America is central to all the problems we face today and those that future generations will inherit. This is a broad sweep that highlights how many revolutionary and pivotal moments of their time, turned out to be the future disaster that could not have been envisaged.

Without pointing figures or assigning blame, the narrative is more of a factual statement, however, the complicity of governments and the wealthy elites of all ages as the main protagonists becomes all too easily unveiled.

Great watch for those who were "there" and remember, must watch for the younger generation, who can see the past causes and current effects of there predecessors, and hopefully, for their sake, see through the corporate agenda which shapes their views, desires and consumption for their own nefarious gain.
9 people found this helpful
MinaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 August 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
An incredibly well-made and thoughtful documentary
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So most of us know at least some of this. Perspective, however, is everything. This films gives just that - with absolutely breathtaking editing, a remarkable and very well-narrated script and generally quite amazing production values, which allow the viewer to take a step back and a good sharp look at the world we've created for ourselves.

Yes, it's a bit depressing, of course, because it's not fiction. However, this documentary might help some people challenge some of their assumptions, learn a few staggering facts, connect dots that are conveniently disconnected in the mainstream (read neoliberal) narrative, and by the same token, reclaim their agency in what may seem like an unfathomable or hopeless system.

We've wreaked havoc on the world and what it means to be human in a very short span of time. We may be able to use our powers for good if we confront ourselves, understand our impact and our limitations, and reject the brutal absurdity of endless growth and mindless consumerism (she said on Amazon, the irony, yes, guilty as charged; but here I am, using this space to encourage you to further open your own eyes on what's happening and what you might want to do about it).
6 people found this helpful
jonny BoyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Open your eyes to the truth and do your bit to save the planet, for your kids sake if nothing else
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This documentary uses real facts, government documents and genuine video footage to expose the truth about how the wealthy few in charge of the grain, oil, electricity, motor and weapons industries, have ignored the warnings about global warming and pollution, simply to allow them to become even wealthier. We need to stop burying our heads in the sand and wake up to what's happening in the world, unless we want everyone to suddenly move inland to avoid drowning when global warming causes sea levels to rise rapidly. The wealthy few are controlling us in order to become even richer, and in the same way tobacco manufacturers do not care how many die from smoking, so those in charge of electricity etc don't care how many will die in the flood caused by global warming. They don't care because they already have houses on high ground and a plan for their families to stay safe. But what about you and those other people living near the coastline and their children, don't you care about your kids/ Gand kids? It's time to stand up and get the government to bring in Green Fuels to save the environment. This is not a conspiracy, it is a fact. Watch this documentary and have your eyes opened to facts you probably already know and realise are true, but have chosen to ignore. For 80 years the wealthy have buried the amazing solar panel, hydro electric and other 'green' technologies that will save us all thousands in electricity bills and more importantly will prevent global warming and further damage to the environment. Instead the utility owners have hidden patents, designs and green research to keep us using oil and fossil fuels, simply so they an earn more profit. We have all been lied to and are continually being lied to, global warming need not have happened and still can be stopped easily if we take action now and the 'green' electricity producing technology is utilised instead of nuclear and fossil fuels. If we care about the future of our children, grandchildren and the planet they will live in, it's time for us all wake up and make a difference. Watch this video and you will understand. We all need to ask for change, or it will never happen! Change begins with you.
2 people found this helpful
Amazon customerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very informative
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An accurate historical account of modernization and the impact on the environment and society.

The closing statement was a little pessimistic which let down the otherwise reasonable and informative tone of the documentary, but apart from that it was just... interesting. No hostility, guilt-tripping, fear-mongering, deflecting, preaching or lamenting.

How novel!

A clear, simple and relatable description of how we got to where we are.

Hopefully we will undo our mistakes.
Jitu PataniReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
In our quest for profit we broke our ecosystem are we mending it or breaking it even more
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This movie is one where we need to rethink how we look at consumerism and how we have been indoctrinated to become consumers, how corporates were part of changing our global weather patterns and how we destroyed our ecosystems to give way to industrial agriculture, maybe we are the reason why some viruses have to find a new host to survive as we killed their hosts, and now with the exploitation of minerals to produce products for the Green revolution are we actually breaking the system even further ... a food for thought and a must watch movie.
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SomeoneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
One sided dangerous propaganda
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WW1 also led to advanced plastic surgery, the dawn of passenger airline flight, and WW1 rations led to a bigger increase in the height of men in Britain than any other time in our history.
Not taking any side, and attempting to paint all as villains, the very technology that the narrator is using to get their message across is only here because of progress.
Also I detect misandry, and a strong focus on painting men as villains, war mongers and bad in general. It isnt a counter history it is propaganda.
Clive Maxwell-Yates ( in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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A truly pointless movie, stating the obvious and adding no useful debate. If you want a rehashing of what you already know and no useful or productive solutions, then this is the movie for you.
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Oregon28Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Blames the British for everything

Don’t waste your time with this woke propaganda
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