- Join Sustainable West Seattle for a unique film event: “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.” The screening will be 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Admiral Theater.
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 of 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 will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis — the massive reduction of fossil fuels — is an example of options and hope.
This fascinating and empowering film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy.
Following the film, Sustainable West Seattle will host a discussion on building community in West Seattle. The Admiral Theater is located at 2343 California Avenue SW. $5 suggested donation per attendee.