Catastrophism and Its Critics: On the New Genre of Environmentalist Documentary Film

  • Michael Truscello
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Educational Futures book series (PSEF)


By not identifying the primary structural source of contemporary environmental crises as capitalism, and by providing piecemeal, reform-oriented solutions, eco-opportunist documentaries such as Racing Extinction, This Changes Everything, Chasing Ice, and Chasing Coral might be more inviting to a broader audience and might even overcome some of the problems with films that preached catastrophism, but ultimately these eco-opportunist documentaries understate the crises and provide insufficient solutions to such an extent that they can be something worse than unproductive; they can be counterproductive.

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  • Michael Truscello
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  1. 1.English and General EducationMount Royal University in CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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