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Off the Grid

Documentary, 2011, 75 min.

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?

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