Docu­men­tary road movie shows how Amer­i­cans cope with the crisis and take matters in their own hands. Radical survivors, sustain­able cities, local currency — where faith in the author­i­ties dwin­dles, the pioneer spirit flourishes.

Out of the fifty Amer­ican states, forty-six are close to bank­ruptcy. Over 49 million Amer­i­cans live below the poverty line. The national debt has never been higher. In this docu­men­tary road movie, Alexander Oey travels across the United States and shows how the popu­la­tion tries to tackle the crisis. He comes across encamp­ments for the home­less, but also meets people and commu­ni­ties who no longer rely on the federal govern­ment and look for solu­tions on their own. Great Barrington has its own currency. Colorado Springs gives people a say in the way their tax money is spent. Radio host Alex Jones provides his own elec­tricity and water supply. In Sand­point, Idaho, the mayor leads the way to a sustain­able society. Have they found effec­tive alter­na­tives at a time when govern­ments world­wide are heading for bankruptcy?

Title: Off the Grid
Year: 2011
Duration : 1 hour, 15 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2012

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