An Inconvenient Truth

A Global Warning

"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.

"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.

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
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): German, English
Language (subtitles): German, English, Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, Turkish, Danish
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
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

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