Michael Breen, Madeleine Albright, Stephen Cheney, Francesco Femia
climate change / crisis / extreme weather / social conflict / war
CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival 2017 – nominated Feature Film Competition
CPH:DOX 2017 – nominated Best Film
Cleveland International Film Festival 2017 – nominated Best Film
Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2016 – nominated Viewfinders Grand Jury Prize
The Age of Consequences investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.
Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world.