Future of Hope

Synopsis: Over the past 20 years we have seen a growing realization that the current model for society and culture is unsustainable. We have been living beyond our means... A character driven documentary following individuals that strive to change the world of consumerism, a system of credit and debt that the Icelandic economy was built upon for the past 10 years or more. Focusing on sustainable developments in nature, organic farming, business, innovation and renewable energy - filled with positivity and emotion as we are taken on a story of struggle, determination and most importantly...hope. 'Future of Hope' takes you on a journey from the history to the present and even into the future of a new and sustainable Iceland...
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Henry Bateman
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Year:
2010
75 min
15 Views


Iceland is sitting on the

Mid-Atlantic Ridge which is an area

where the plates on the surface

of the Earth are being pushed apart

by Magma that comes

from the Earth's Mantle.

There are very very few places

where a hot spot comes to the surface

like in Iceland and by the way,

Iceland floats in this situation,

there's a very critical floatation of it

so the whole natural existence of this

country is unusual, highly unusual.

Well we are lucky to be situated

on a volcanic island and as a result,

the ground water is heated and

that's where our geothermal power

comes from and then we

are also in the North Atlantic

with plentiful rain which provides

us with the hydropower

The best place to be when we

really hit the energy crisis is Iceland

I was in office for 16 years,

which is a very long time

during my time in office

I saw Iceland prosper

from a very hard recession in the

1970's and beginning of the 1980's

but some how we recovered

from that recession,

but with the privatisation of the

banks around the turn of the century

some how the Icelanders

started to forget their past,

people who forget their past have

difficulty in tackling the present,

not to mention the future

A whole new value system

needs to be created

and the greed that has

lead us to here needs to stop

because otherwise we don't

have a hope, for the future

and there's a tremendous

resistance in the system.

People like to do what they

are comfortable with

and they know how to do,

but I think I am seeing

a culture of change.

There are some people

that want to change the

way they live and operate

some people talk about

the global shift

that the mind shift

globally is changing

This concerns

two contracts

one with Hafnarfjordur and

one with Magma Energy, Sweden

You must be proud to sell off

the last assets that we have

Traitors!

You weaklings!

We became a part of this huge

international banking bubble

where this big mass of invisible

money became reality

but of course it is greed and

of course you never get enough

and people were

breaking the rules.

It was very macho,

masculine driven

it was a huge

giant erection really

It was not for sissies.

The women they were all

in the back papers,

they were not in the front.

These were young guys

and they were the coolest

guys in Iceland really.

In retrospect they were mad and

greedy because they lost the money

but if they had not

lost the money they

would just be

successful businessmen

Well Jon, How would

you like it if we had to move?

If we move to Thailand,

I don't know, it would be very hard

Maybe I'll miss the snow,

then I won't be able to go

to the Mountains

and go snowboarding

There's enough seaweed

for my seaweed bath

We are now in my home

where I both have my

business and where I live.

It was first just one house

and I wanted to live in part of it

and wanted to have a

restaurant in the other part of it

but when I told most of my

friends that, they would

usually shake their head

and say no, no, no, no

now you are losing

the last thing that you have

because this is an awful place and

you will never get customers there

but that appears to be wrong.

and now I make the

old house a restaurant,

I have a home restaurant

My wife is from Thailand

and we have Thai food

we take just one

group in the evening

minimum 6 people

and maximum 40

I built another house next to it,

where I have a Spa, a Thai Spa

with massage, herbal sauna,

seaweed bath and hot tub

Two years ago I built the

house that I live in

I made a traditional turf house,

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