The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990 nearly sent Cuba's economy into a complete tailspin. In a matter of hours, the island nation's oil imports were cut in half and their food imports decreased by 80%.

This documentary tells of not only the hardships of what the Cuban people came to call "the Special Period"; but of the creativity and power of a mobilized collective community. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly oil-dependent, industrial agricultural system to one utilizing organic agriculture, community gardens and sustainable energy technologies.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions - a non-profit organization that designs and teaches low-energy solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil fuel based, industrialized, and centralized way of living. Visit for more information."

"Everyone who is concerned about Peak Oil needs to see this film. Cuba survived an energy famine during the 1990's, and how it did so constitutes one of the most important and hopeful stories of the past not just of individual achievement, but one of the collective mobilization of an entire society to meet an enormous challenge."
Richard Heinberg, author of The Party's Over, Powerdown

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