Collapse, directed by Chris Smith, is an American documentary film exploring the theories, writings, and life story of controversial author Michael Ruppert. The title of the film refers to Ruppert’s belief that unsustainable energy and financial policies have led to an ongoing collapse of modern industrial civilization. It is inspired by Ruppert’s book, Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World.

Ruppert, a former Los Angeles police officer who describes himself as both an “investigative reporter” and a “radical thinker,” has authored multiple books, on topics such as September 11th, the American Empire, as well as energy and money. Critics in the mainstream media and in D.C. wrote him off, calling him a conspiracy theorist and an alarmist.

Collapse was filmed over the course of an interview with Ruppert spanning fourteen hours in an interrogation-like setting in an abandoned warehouse basement near downtown Los Angeles.

The director, speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere said, “What I hoped to reveal was…that [Ruppert’s] obsession with the collapse of industrial civilization has led to the collapse of his life.”


Michael Ruppert

Created by

Chris Smith
Kate Noble

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Amazon Prime

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Editor’s Note:

This is an eye-opening film--even more so now in 2020. Ruppert is labeled a "conspiracy theorist," but don't let that dismiss the truth in what he's saying. We thought it was so important that we also bought his book. Have an open mind? Watch this movie.

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