Population Boom

A well-known nightmarish vision of the future: The Earth’s population reaches seven billion. Dwindling resources, mountains of toxic waste, hunger and climate change—the results of overpopulation? Who says that the world’s overpopulated? And who’s one too many?

After the box-office success of “Plastic Planet,” in POPULATION BOOM curious documentary filmmaker Werner Boote travels the globe and examines a stubborn view of the world that has existed for decades. But he sees a completely different question: Who or what is driving this catastrophic vision?

 

90 minutes documentary feature (2013) - theatrical release: Austria sept. 2013

international premiere: Copenhagen CPH:DOX nov. 2013

Winner "GREEN ME AWARD" Berlin feb. 2014 

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“Powerful!” - Tagesspiegel

“An important film." - NDR Kulturjournal 

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Werner Boote in the middle of the crowd on a train in Dhaka, Bangladesh

TRAILER  

English trailer (english)

title song                     

German trailers: trailer , trailer 1 , trailer 2  

PRODUCTION INFO 

Filmsales: Autlook

Production company: NGF Geyrhalter Filmproduktion

Distributor USA: First Run Features

Filming locations: Japan, USA, Finland, Austria, Bangladesh, China, Kenya, Italy, India, Mexico

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DVD RELEASE BY FIRST RUN FEATURES: April 2015

90 minutes, documentary, color, 2013
In English, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Hindi w/ English subtitles

DVD packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack 

How many people are too many? And who is one too many? Is this even the right question to ask? One thing is certain: 25 years ago there were five billion of us. Today, there are seven. Dwindling resources, mountains of toxic waste, hunger and climate change - the results of overpopulation?

In Population Boom, acclaimed director Werner Boote (Plastic Planet) traverses the globe armed with a World Bank umbrella to examine the myths and facts about overpopulation. Like a contemporary Socrates with a wry sense of humor, Boote questions the conventional wisdom. From Kenya's slums to Dhaka in Bangladesh to New York City, China, Japan and elsewhere, Boote speaks with everyone from demographic researchers to environmental activists, and comes to a surprising conclusion. It is not overpopulation that threatens humanity´s existence.Rather, it is the developed world´s patterns of over-consumption and constant pursuit of immediate profit that looms over our future.


Is overpopulation a myth with the sole purpose of covering up larger and far more important problems, and making the world's population the scapegoat of a far more complex game? "It is not about how many of us there are, but about how we treat each other," Boote recognizes. Population Boom starts with this as the basis for a debate, and becomes a cinematic journey with the masses between myth, facts and politics.

 

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 Werner Boote and Massai-Warrior Francis Kamakia, Serengeti

 

 FESTIVALS

                       CPH:DOX Copenhagen, Nov. 2013, Nomination FACT:AWARD

                        AARHUS, Filmfestival, Nov. 2013

                        Max Ophüls Preis, Saarbrücken, Jan. 2014

                        Green Me Film Festival Berlin, Feb. 2014, Winner of the GREEN ME AWARD for "Best Documentary"

                        Eco Focus Film Festival, USA, March 2014

                        Cosmic Cine Filmfestival, Switzerland&Germany, April 2014 Nominated for Cosmic Angel Award

                        Cinema Planeta, Cuernavaca, Mexico, April 2014

                        Cluj-Napoca, Transilvania International Film Festival, May 2014

                        Cinemambiente Filmfestival Turin, Italien, June 2014 - Nominated for "Best International Documentary"

                        Green Film Fest Buenos Aires, Agentina, 2014

                        Ecocup Film Festival Moskau, Russland 2015

 

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Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

REVIEWS

You'd expect this doc to be a dark treatise on our species' impending doom due to overpopulation -- except that the filmmaker here is Werner Boote of ''Plastic Planet'' fame, and what he finds is quite startling. - Videotapeworm 

Boote is a rather refreshing director, because you may very well think about the likes of a Michael Moore or a Morgan Spurlock while you're watching his film you'll also realize that Boote avoids histrionics and doesn't cheapen his fact-finding by going excessive on the entertainment route. Instead, he takes what could be difficult material and he makes it accessible and entertaining enough to drive the point home. (The Independent Critic)

With intelligence and wit, Boote once again takes a global issue and makes it a personal one.

Until now you will find more information about the film on the german page.

 

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Sanja Matsuri Festival, Tokyo, Japan 

  

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RELEASE IN EUROPE

 

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Film poster in Austria, Germany and Switzerland 

 

Read an Interview with Werner Boote (german) about Population Boom

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Mexico City 

EDUCATIONAL 

website film , schools   

 

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Farida Akhter (UBINIG) and Werner Boote

  

INTERVIEWEES

Lots of great talking heads, from Nobel laureates to John Lennon to politicians!

 

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BABATUNDE OSOTIMEHIN, Executive Director UNFPA

(United Nations Population Fund)

 
 
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ENRIQUE MENDOZA MORALES, Lawyer

(Mexicos Representative at the Population Conference in Bukarest)

 
 
 

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OBADIAS NDABA, Director World Youth Alliance Africa

 
 

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BETSY HARTMANNHampshire College (Population and Development Program)

 

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WOLFGANG LUTZ, Demographer, IIASA 

 

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HU HONGTAO, Director General

(National Population & Family Planning Commission of China) 

  

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THE SO-CALLED WINDOWSHOTS

Coincidentally cameraman Dominik Spritzendorfer has been shooting the first of this row in New York during the halloween parade. Because Werner Boote liked the shot "Lady with a cat" so much they decided to look for similar images in every country. The location managers always needed to get the permission from the people in the shot. In Japan they even needed to find the legal guardian of this old man. In Mexico City the filmcrew could not find an appropriate image from the "Torre Latinoamericano" for three evenings. That´s why there is no windowshot from Mexico in the film.

 

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Windowshot New York, USA - Lady with a cat

 

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Windowshot Tokyo, Japan - old man eating sushi

 

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Windowshot Nairobi, Kenya - kissing couple

 

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Windowshot Beijing, China - man argues with youngster 

 

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Biswa Ijtema, muslim world congregation, Dhaka, Bangladesh 

 

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Werner Boote in Beijing, China

 

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Werner Boote in Vienna, Austria

 

CREDITS

 

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The huge crowd going home after Biswa Ijtema 
 
 
 
Information about other Werner Boote movies:  Everything´s Under Control   Plastic Planet
 
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