GLORIA FILMS PRODUCTION, ARTE FRANCE
German, English, French
NON-THEATRICAL, TV, VOD, DVD, INTERNET
Over the past two thousand years, people often believed that the end of the world was imminent. This simple fact is, in itself, reassuring. Nevertheless it does not mean that our fears are false or naive. Rather it helps us to face up to such a risk and to consider as serenely as possible any measures that should be taken.
Apocalypse is a Greek word that originally means "revelation". It is the title of the last book of the Bible "Revelations" which is also the very first word in the chapter. The book is about the end of the world which explains why "apocalypse" is today connected with all sorts of catastrophic events and with the end of the world.
Apocalyptic ideas have had a decisive influence on the history of the western world: the crusades, the Protestant Reform, the colonization of America... the strong apocalyptic connotation of these phenomena is quite clear.
Even today, the possibility of an end to the world haunts our imagination. The discovery of the atomic weapon together with the globalization of conflicts adds a rational basis to such fear.
The story behind these fears is revealed in this documentary. It seeks to understand how and when these fears first appeared and how they developed over the centuries, and how they relate to the present day.