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The Future Is Now! (2011)

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While conducting random street interviews about people's greatest fears, a journalist (Liane Balaban) meets a man (Paul Ahmarani) with an unusual world view. He has no fears. He's a smart, recycling, responsible citizen, but he's disengaged from greater society. He believes once he's dead nothing more matters!

Can "The Man Of Today" be pulled out of his resignation and begin to consider a world of hope and possibilities by "The Woman Of Tomorrow"? As an experiment, this well-connected journalist sends him on a journey of enlightenment to prove the future does matter. Will she succeed? Will it matter? What can one person do?

Paul Ahmarani, Liane Balaban, Shigeru Ban, Christian Bök, Alain de Botton, Marlene Dumas, Francis Dupuis-Déri, Rivka Galchen, Richard Dawkins, Craig Venter, Jean-Paul Sartre
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bereshbp, posted on September 1, 2016

Boy, I'm glad I made the decision that enough with politics ... and, yeah, the important candidates really are puppets of a sort. I know I waited too long to stop being obsessed with the U.S. election. Raises important questions.

The answer may be incremental change or we really could fall off the cliff.

This reporter is an imaginative avatar sent from an unknowable tomorrow ... a pretty good fantasy/drama and eye-opening.
It is good to raise the important questions.

sh0sh1n, posted on August 24, 2016

I appreciate the sentiment of this film. I am this man of today. I believe the corruption of out society is so deep. That being optimistic about the future. Represents a kind of apathy that is infectious and detrimental.

markdesign14, posted on August 25, 2016

Watch the movie again...

trevr1, posted on August 23, 2016

After reading the comments, I am glad Gaia does not have the right to play this video in this country.

susankolb55, posted on November 14, 2015

There was nothing I learned here about science and technology that hasn't been written better in The Atlantic. The condescending attitude of the reporter made me grind my teeth - and the poor Man of Today - you know he's thinking, "This is such bullshit, but she sure is hot." Also, funny, that the two top commercial atheists, Alain de Botton and Richard Dawkins are there to tie it all up with the bow of their particular brand of religious humanism - sure, guys, human beings have used all new technology since the discovery of fire, for our own self-interests. But, now, with new and more powerful, bio-tech, we're going to somehow turn into altruistic super-beings who will use this only for the good of the all. Nothing new here.

terrihallman, posted on November 16, 2014

sorry, i couldnt take the political correctness of the uninformed reporter, blindly repeating what everyone says with no investigation herself. priding herself on "hope" in her mind and acting all the social nods and whistles of the blind. our taxes do not pay for the roads and giving "our fair share" is straight out of state required educational indoctrination. shes an advertisement for it. fake socialized behavior

davidanice, posted on November 13, 2014

A marvelous film that I will watch many times and will pass on the nuanced wisdom in a way that suits each moment.

GERIW, posted on November 13, 2014

This needs to be seen in a group to foster discussion, not in the privacy of my own home solo. Thanks for the mind expansion.

rosa7324, posted on November 13, 2014

This was an amazing movie as well as an eye opener. I guess it is important to take responsibility now and make the effort to do what we can to change for the better.

schippa, posted on July 21, 2013

This is the second movie I wanted to watch and it's not available in Canada. No point subscribing to gaiamtv, waste of money.

Gaiam_TV, posted on July 21, 2013

We completely understand your frustration. When we license rights to a film we try our hardest to negotiate worldwide availability; sometimes we’re successful, other times we’re not. We constantly strive to make our viewing experience a satisfying one to our customers worldwide, and make every effort to do so in each film we license. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you, and hope you will continue to enjoy all of our worldwide-available content – including all of our original programming.

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nugzie, posted on May 28, 2013

I bet this is excellent but I give it only 1 star for not being available in its country of origin!

Msmsalama, posted on April 24, 2013

I absolutely expanded from and enjoyed this movie. It is so well-done. The actors were utterly real, didn't appear to be acting at all! It was seamless...every word and segment of ths movie seemed to be carefully, perfectly picked, planned and executed. So well laid out. One of the best movies i've ever seen. Thnk you to all who made this piece possible!

mlucko, posted on October 25, 2012

That's definitely part of the agenda of this movie. Some of the subtle messages are 1. Libertarians don't care about future generations. 2. They are selfish only seeking their own best interests. 3. They are rare ("I've never met a libertarian").

Georgy, posted on July 15, 2012

I attempted to watch a film that originated from Canada, and received a message that said,it is not available in Canada? Whats up with that?

Love this channel, but it is disheartening when I am excited to see a movie and I receive this message.

Georgy (from Canada)

Heather at GaiamTV, posted on July 16, 2012

We know it must be frustrating to see a title and not be able to watch it. Legally, we can only make The Future is Now available in the U.S. as we were unable to secure Canadian distribution rights.

Very few of our shows, in fact, are unavailable to Canadian subscribers, and all of Gaiam TV's original content can be viewed by subscribers worldwide. To make sure you can view a show, simply scroll down the title page until you see the Globe icon that lists that title's availability. Many thanks for your feedback!

kirkal028, posted on June 20, 2012

This film has a lot of challenging notions and not preachy on any viewpoint, leaving the main character with many thoughts conflicting with his own notion of how to live realistically, yet with optimism. I liked the presentations and all the participants, even though I didn't share all of their views, it served up food for thought.

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