Is there something inherently wrong with the human race? This is the provocative question posed by Ethos, a documentary that explores the mechanisms in our system that work against democracy, the environment and our own personal liberty. Hosted by Woody Harrelson and featuring interviews with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Moore and many others, Ethos will screen as the Topanga Peace Alliance First Friday Film on July 6 at 8 p.m., at the Topanga Library.
Every living system on Earth is in decline. Every time we turn on the TV there is another environmental catastrophe. Our water, our air, poisoned. Why do we allow this? Why are we still fighting endless wars? If these things are happening, then they are the logical outcomes to the way our systems work.
In a very real sense, you and I are responsible for everything that is wrong with our system and our planet, says the films writer-director, Pete McGrain. Our consumer demand is the power that drives corporations to abuse other nations, stealing their resources to sell them to us, sending our waste to their countries for disposal, encouraging child labor and causing war. McGrain and the films producer, Isabella Marles, will introduce the film and conduct Q & A after the screening.
The film argues that democracy has been reduced from a system which assumes an active citizenry to one which sees the public as passive consumers. Marketing firms have spent billions of dollars in research to develop an entire science of instilling desire. Once corporations and the government can trigger certain wants and perceived needs, they can get what they want from us.
But the film presents more than an analysis of the problem. More importantly, it also addresses solutions. ETHOS concludes by showing how to make meaningful and sustainable change in order to create a world where we can live harmoniously in a clean environment.
Etho screens at 8 p.m. following a cheese/veggie potluck at 7:45, and a Q&A with the director and producer after the screening. A $10 donation is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. For further information, contact Julie Levine at (310) 455-9389. July 6 at the Topanga Library, 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., 90290.