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Part Six - Are We Pigeon? Or Are We Dancer?

How did we get here? And how do we get out?

The final episode tells how the strange paralysis that grips us today was created. How all the different forces of our age - that started out as separate have come together to create what is a block against imagining another kind of future than this.

How, money and debt, melancholy over the loss of empire, the strange roots of modern conspiracy theories, the history of China, opium and opioids, Artificial Intelligence - and love and power have all fed into creating the present time of anxiety and fearfulness about the future.

And whether modern culture, despite its radicalism, is really also part of the rigid system - in the West and in Russia and China - where those in power have run out of all ideas. The film also lays out what are the different possible roads from here into the future, and the choices we will have to make about the very different futures we will have to choose very soon.

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1 hour, 60 minutes


Role Contributor
Writer Adam Curtis
Director Adam Curtis
Executive Producer Rose Garnett
Producer Sandra Gorel

Key Characters

Key Characters

Adam Curtis introduces the cast of characters at the centre of his new series of films.