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"Julia in Lausanne, Milton in South Dakota, John in Pripyat.
Director and author Julia Neuhaus observes and follows the three protagonists, lets them speak, follows their thoughts and thus shows the different perspectives of people on the end of the world as we know it."
FILM.TV (DE), 04/2022

"Chicago without electricity for two days is not something Milton Torres wants to experience. "There are too many people, too many weapons and not enough food." Chaos would break out, Torres is convinced, because, "In the end, only the strongest will survive. Because when you're hungry, you'll do whatever you have to do." That's why Torres, a military veteran, quit his job and bought an old military bunker; he wants to be safe there. The former military camps stand like elongated concrete igloos in the wasteland of South Dakota. Torres is one of the protagonists in the excellent documentary film "The End of the World as We Know It"
Publik Forum (DE), 04/2022

"Against a backdrop of breathtaking cinematic images, the three heroes and their deeply personal stories engage us in a conversation about the survival of humanity that affects us all. And in the end, we have to ask ourselves what we humans really need to survive."
BR (DE), 04/2021

"No Future" was the slogan of the 70s punks. It is more appropriate for Generation Z, which is inheriting a planet in climate crisis. What would we do if the world ended tomorrow? What values count? The film "The End of the World as We Know It" asks precisely these questions and introduces three people who seek survival in the face of great catastrophes.

TV Today (DE), 02/2023

"The three protagonists engage the viewer with their deeply personal stories in a conversation about the survival of humanity that affects everyone."
Telerama (FR), 02/2023

"As the three stories seamlessly unfold and complement each other, showcasing just how isolated and alone in their internal experiences and perceptions the protagonists are, even when they are surrounded by other people, it feels as if we were witnessing three distinct stages on the road to the inevitable. Julia represents the stage of awareness wherein we are trying to do the best we can to change course so as to enable our survival as a species. [...] Milton represents the stage of preparation. He decides to leave society behind and focus on creating a safe container for himself and his family, one that will ensure their survival. [...] And Ivan represents the final stage: surviving in nature post-apocalypse. As opposed to the other two protagonists, he is already spending the majority of his time living as if the world had crumbled, adapting to the environment.
And although this may seem bleak at first glance, Neuhaus’ captivating documentary ends up being anything but. Because ultimately, the aspect of living that both Steinberger and Milton end up emphasizing, is our ability to form meaningful connections with other members of our race. Connection not only sustains us as human beings, but also enables us to organize and work together so as to create lasting change benefiting both us and the planet we live on. The potential is there and has never ceased to exist - we have proved time and time again that when united, humanity can work literal wonders. In the simplest of terms, we need each other. Our very survival depends on our ability to recognize and make use of this simple fact of life. And TEOTWAWKI - The End of the World as We Know It does a fantastic job at reminding us of this truth, just in case we have forgotten."
Cinephilia & Beyond (HR), 06/2023