An Inconvenient Truth

A Global Warning

Official film description

"An Inconvenient Truth" could prove to be one of the most important and forward-looking documentaries of all time, given that the fate of our planet is undoubtedly at stake. Al Gore, jokingly calling himself a "former elected president", felt a personal need - as he has often done in his political career - to draw attention to the growing crisis of global warming, and this rousing documentary is basically a (by the experienced television director Davis Guggenheim) filmed version of the PowerPoint lecture Gore gave to interested audiences around the world.

Many viewers will be surprised by Gore's pleasant, restrained handling of constellations, graphics, statistics and photographs, which leave no room for doubt about the truthfulness (not "theory") of global warming as the Earth's ultimate environmental crisis, and how fascinating and convincing this unobtrusive film really is. One learns a lot about the formative events that shaped his character, impressing the viewer as a man with a mission.

Notes on the film

"An inconvenient truth" shows connections that are difficult to understand without pictorial analogies: exponential curves (population - energy consumption - CO2 - temperature - extinction of species, etc.), new technologies that we use carelessly with old world understanding, and climatic connections. Al Gore adheres very well to today's scientific facts, although important aspects such as meat production, methane and peak oil are not yet mentioned.

In addition, it provides many possible solutions, so that the film reveals an uncomfortable truth, but at the same time gives the courage to accept it as a challenge for further development.

The DVD specials are an update on the film: New findings and phenomena (e.g. giant jellyfish plagues due to acidified seas) from 2006 are shown in moving 10-minute clips.

Further reviews

Didactically processed documentary about Al Gore and his tireless eco-campaign against global warming. – Blickpunkt: Film Kurzinfo

We face the greatest climate change since the last ice age. This is the message and warning of Al Gore, former American Vice President, who has presented this topic worldwide for many years. He illustrates his argument as multimedial spectacle including graphical analyses, impressive images like melting glaciers, archive recordings and cartoons. Even between his presentations does Al Gore present himself as lone fighter for this good cause. – VideoMarkt

Book your tickets online. Take your family along. This should not be missed by anyone. – David Remnick, New Yorker

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Davis Guggenheim
Script: Al Gore
Production: Laurie David, Lawrence Bender, Lawrence Bender Productions, Participant Productions
Music: Michael Brook
Actors: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush
Year: 2006
Duration: 92 min
Language (audio): German, English
Language (subtitles): German, English, Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, Turkish, Danish
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Our age recommendation: 12
Screening rights: Paramount Pictures ()

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Main topic(s): Climate
Secondary topics: renewables climate natural disasters politics
Mentions: doom planet warming climate change earth greenhouse gas
Topic Page(s): Climate Filmfenster Klima & Energie

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