We're All Going To Die
A mostly funny documentary by Ben Knight
What’s the film about, then?
Ben, afflicted by the all-encompassing crises he is condemned to write about for a living, travels from Berlin to London to Kansas to Norway, before arriving at the capital of all loss, the Chicxulub crater in Mexico, learning from those preparing for social and ecological collapse. Call them preppers, climate doomers, or bunker-dwellers, the collapse community turns out to be bigger than he thinks.
“Ben takes us by the hand and leads us into the rabbit holes of apocalypse.”
– Michael Shaw, film-maker, Living In The Time Of Dying
Praise for We’re All Going To Die
“Ben Knight is a brilliant film-maker and anyone who wants to figure out how to think about the fate of humanity should watch his excellent film.”
– Johann Hari, bestselling author of Stolen Focus and Chasing the Scream
“This film taps into a deep concern that many in contemporary society sense but perhaps dare not yet speak. Knight masterfully uses his own distinct style of dry humour to take viewers on a journey across the globe, meeting some of the strangest people and ideas out there in the realm of the ‘collapse aware’. Despite the heavy subtext the film doesn’t preach or seek to convince, rather it simply invites viewers to lean into their existential anxiety and hear what it may be saying to them. A great film worthy of a wide audience.”
– Papillon, artist, musician, environmental scientist
“Years in the making, this film’s release is perfectly timed between covid trauma and nuclear holocaust.”
– Jem Bendell, author of Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy
From the director
For anyone with eyes and ears and an internet connection, it has become difficult to ignore the global crises encroaching on us. The anxiety this creates is a kind of acid, eating away at the carapace of daily life that keeps normality in place.
This film is about those for whom the carapace is no longer thick enough, those who have decided to act against the all-encompassing dread. When I began the work, I thought this would make for an amusing subject for a film, but soon enough I realized that not only were these people’s fears rational, I shared many of them myself. So the film has, somewhat unwillingly, become about my own confrontation with the world’s mortality.
This film was never meant to be a conventional documentary. The scenes are not interviews, but conversations with those who feel what I feel, and often felt it long before I did.
From the producer
Reading Bill McKibben’s book The End of Nature as a teen, I became a doomer early in life. I learned how we had fucked up the chemistry of every corner of the world with the byproducts of our industrial civilisation. From Everest to the Mariana Trench and everywhere in between, we were systematically turning this orb into a dead, uninhabitable lump of rock. Thirty years on, the worst dystopian forecasters were proven correct: animal and plant diversity is still being extinguished at a stunning rate, while human life has become crushingly artificial and false, as well as materially and/or spiritually impoverished. Intractable hyper-problems all point in one direction: the end. And the list goes on: obscene oligarchal wealth, apocalyptic levels of inequality, out-of-control AI-led tech corps, Donald Trump and co., resurgent racism, mass idiocracy, the refugee crisis, climate tipping points wherever you look. Things are not looking so hot.
When Ben told me about We’re All Going To Die, the project immediately spoke to me. Ben was feeling what I was feeling – but instead of stewing in self-pity and frustration about near-future collapse, he let his dread lead him down the rabbit hole of collapse preparation, caused him to engage with the “end of the world” by engaging with people who have made it their mission to prep physically, emotionally and spiritually for the coming end times.
Working with his fabulous crew – Lea, Ingo, Amit – Ben did what he set out to do: confront our private and collective fears and emerge at the end of this film journey a changed, bigger and less fearful person. We can’t halt the end of the world, we can’t halt the end of ourselves – only the way we live with that knowledge.