Divinity Gratis (1997)

Genres - Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Physical Sciences  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Seven years in the making, this experimental documentary offers sobering reflections on the relative insignificance of human beings in the constantly evolving history of the earth. It offers an apocalyptic view of the future, an apocalypse not entirely based on human folly, but also upon the inevitability of enormous natural processes. The film opens in an abstract desert where a male narrator describes a flash in the sky. It is so bright that a blind girl sees it. What follows is a sort of time machine filled with a fast moving collage of earthly history that rapidly alternates from black and white photography to color. Modern humanity is seen in the most brutal terms and the film's bottom line is that despite our advances and preparation for the new millenium, we blind ourselves to the fact that we are ultimately as doomed as the dinosaurs. Despite the grimness of the film's topic, director Betzy Bromberg chooses to end it on a somewhat hopeful note.