While I have reviewed books before, this is the first time that I have reviewed a DVD documentary. The documentary is Beyond Off Grid Return To The Old Paths. It was produced by Vision Path Media and released very recently (this year). The film is about 90 minutes long and retails for $20.
The inspiration for the film Beyond Off Grid was Michael Bunker’s great book Surviving Off Off Grid. This film is loosely based on some of the concepts of Bunker’s book.
The film is narrated by Jason Matyas. Beyond Off Grid stresses the perils of the grid system, how it has fractured families and society, and how modern urbanized and industrialized man only has the illusion of the freedom that their ancestors enjoyed. There are some references to America’s Founding Fathers. There is a Christian family emphasis in much of this film’s advocacy of going back to the land.
The film begins by talking about the modern grid system, and its many pitfalls and vulnerabilities. The grid is more than electric power; it is public water, corporate food distribution, gas stations, and the banks that keep it all afloat with fiat FRNs.
The grid could fail from any number of reasons, from terrorism to overuse to an EMP. This failure could be catastrophic, and if it lasted for a year, could easily kill 75% of Americans. That is something for the prudent to consider.
There is some good but brief talk about fiat money, and how wealthy people and corporations can use it to take over the economy. One of the men interviewed about this seemed to think that America has a fascist economy. (As Fascism is basically a reactionary version of nationalism and anti-communism first, and only secondly an economic system to support such, I would not consider America’s economy of wealthy corporations and soft-core Marxist consumers embracing multiculturalism and moral decadence to be an example of Fascism. It hold that present day America is more like Bolshevism with corporations).
The film interviews several homesteaders, and those interested in organic gardening and permaculture. Michael Bunker is basically the star of the show, and as his interviews take place on his rural homestead in central Texas you get to see some of the agrarian infrastructure he has spent a decade building.
I did enjoy the other interviews also, especially the one with Cody aka Wranglerstar –a man operating a homestead in what appeared to be the Rocky Mountains. After viewing the film, it is clear that many people are attracted to the homestead, prepper, organic food, and back-to-the land movements for different reasons. Some are content to live fully on grid with backup systems available, while others (like Michael Bunker) want to cut all ties to a system that they believe is failing –and against God’s will for the way man should live. One constant is that all desire to grow healthy food for their families.
One thing stressed in this DVD, and in Bunker’s book Surviving Off Off-Grid is the importance of potable water to survival. Water catchment and well pumps are discussed a bit, although this is a “wake up and why” film, not a how to film.
From the type of essays that I write and post, I would suppose it logical to assume that most of readers are racially conscious white people. As such, I will note that one of the couples interviewed, I believe in the “special features” section, was a middle aged white couple with a little black son. Further, the imagery used by the producers several times depicted (not interviewed) people of color in family scenes. As Christianity, Western culture, the founding of America, and the rural lifestyle are basically white people operations, I thought it a tad pathetic that those who made this film still felt the need to “virtue signal” that they were not that dreaded “R” word.
Overall, I enjoyed this film. In my opinion, this film has two uses. First, it is a way for homesteaders and agrarian oriented people to give a brief intro on what they think/are doing to friends, family, and neighbors. For this it is very good. Second, this is a brief bit of information for those who are aware that something is wrong and are already seeking truth. It does this well. Those who view this film and enjoy it would be advised to then read Bunker’s Surviving Off Off-Grid to get the full picture.
Disclaimer: I did not purchase a copy of this DVD. I received a complimentary copy from my electronic buddy Hans Gygax, who is promoting this film. Hans runs a Theology, Kinist, and agrarian oriented Google blog titled The Dead Kinist.
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