When Transition 1.0 was released in late 2009 the world felt like a darker place.
The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference had ended. The bitterly cold snow covered landscape reflected the desolation and exhaustion felt by many within the environmental and activist movement after COP15 in the Danish capital. Things didn't look good.
Over three years later Transition 1.0 has transformed into Transition 2.0 – a slicker, more economical manifestation of its former self. Transition is a process after all – not a fixed state. In a world of uncertainty Transition 2.0 not only entertains but offers the viewer stories of hope and resilience. A vital strand in any response to peak oil, climate chaos and economic instability.
Opening with personal reflections on what transition means, director Emma Goude's Transition 2.0 shapes a more personal exploration with a stronger narrative backbone than its earlier incarnation. In one instance Rob Hopkins describes Transition as 'originally designed as a detox for the west' but which now has a global reach and appeal. The film collects stories from around the world in the form of a series of cine-postcards ('zero flights taken' the filmmakers proudly proclaim) charting the many Transitions taking root.
And this is where the strength of the film lies – in gathering stories of what is perhaps the fastest growing social experiment. Inspiring stories from economically ruined cities in the US to small villages in India, Transition 2.0 is a snapshot in time of what's happening on the ground now as groups envision different – and hopeful – futures.
The extended interview with Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Town Totnes, and perhaps the very quintessence of the Transition movement, anchors the stories with wonderful descriptions of what Transition is, can, and might one day be alongside elucidating the stages that usually take place for a Transition network/town/movement to happen.
This serves to reinforce the intimate interviews and compelling stories of how Transition manifests in very unique ways but with a shared DNA that speaks to movement.
In Transition 2.0 - a story of resilience and hope in extraordinary times
Director: Emma Goude / Green Lanes Film production