Last Call
Last Call
Last Call
Item#: LAC-1029
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Running Time: 90 minutes
Scene Selection • Closed Captioned
Grades 11 - Adult
A Film by Enrico Cerasuolo and Massimo Arvat


"Highly Recommended. Raises questions about sustainable growth and consumerism that are perhaps even more urgent than they were in the 1970s. At the same time, the documentary provides historical insights into the origins of the modern environmental movement and its ongoing challenges."
– Educational Media Reviews Online

"Recommended. Interweaving personal recollections with archival footage, Last Call is a disturbing documentary with an alarming message."
– Video Librarian

"A big 'thank you' on behalf of the hundreds of people at our conference who enjoyed viewing THE LAST CALL. The topic of the film is legendary in our field, so it was a wonderful opportunity for those who know little of the story to understand more about just how influential were the events you captured so well in the film."
–Kim Warren, 2013 President, International System Dynamics Society

"Its message is today more relevant than ever: unlimited growth in a limited planet will bring our society and environment into overshoot and on the edge of collapse."
–Planet in Focus Festival, Toronto

"While it has become a hot button issue to talk about how human progress and potential might be doing more harm than good, it took 40 years for the world to finally listen to a group of devoted MIT researchers who tried telling this to everyone back in the 1970s. Italian filmmaker Enrico Cerasuolo’s film isn’t as dryly academic as the tome at the core of the film would suggest. It’s actually quite exciting to hear of how the book was summarily dismissed at the time despite a wealth of evidence now coming to light that can document once and for all just how hard it was to deliver such a hard-to-swallow message in the first place."
–Andrew Parker, DorkShelf


Audience Award, Cinema Planeta Festival
Best Documentary, The House of Tomorrow
(international competition showcase),
Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival,
Torino, Italy

Planet in Focus Festival, Toronto

-International Science Film Festival, Athens



All prices include DVD and PPR

• K-12 Schools, Public Libraries & Community Groups: $89
• Colleges, Government, Businesses: $295
• Colleges, Government, Businesses (with DSL): $595

(Last Call Companion Books and CD also available)

Last Call provides a high-level examination of one of the most fundamental environmental questions of our time - are there limits to growth?

In 1972, the publication of the book The Limits to Growth stimulated worldwide interest and debate, selling 30 million copies in 30 languages. It marked a turning point in thinking about the environment. Prepared for the Club of Rome, the book was based on the work of a team of young scientists from MIT who created the first computer model to analyze the interaction over time of exponential growth with finite natural resources.

Their primary message was that the human footprint, if unchecked, would grow beyond the carrying capacity of the planet on a sustainable basis. They concluded that humanity must adapt to the planet’s limits or risk overshoot, which could result in the collapse of global support systems and human decline.

Four decades later, the surviving authors and mentors of The Limits to Growth assess their earlier predictions, update where we stand today in relation to the earth's limits, and present a "final call" on what we need to do now to avoid global ecological collapse in the next few decades.

Supported by archival footage and other materials, Last Call provides provocative insights into the fundamental reasons behind the ongoing global ecological and economic crises, and what it will take to ensure a more hopeful future.


  • Jay Forrester, Professor Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management, pioneer of the modern computer age, founder of System Dynamics

  • Dennis Meadows, Professor Emeritus of Systems Management, University of New Hampshire; author, The Limits to Growth

  • Donella Meadows, biophysicist and systems analyst, Dartmouth; author, The Limits to Growth; Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment; MacArthur Fellow

  • Jorgen Randers, PhD, Professor of Climate Strategy, BI Norwegian Business School; co-author, The Limits to Growth; author, 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next 40 Years

  • William Behrens III, co-author, The Limits to Growth

  • Aurelio Peccei, Founder and President, Club of Rome


-Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update (Book)

-Limits to Growth: The 30 Year Update (CD)

-2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years (Book)