This Changes Everything

Official film description

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we'll ever get to build a better world?

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

The film presents seven portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Naomi Klein's narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.

Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

The extraordinary detail and richness of the cinematography in This Changes Everything provides an epic canvas for this exploration of the greatest challenge of our time. Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the centre of it all.

Will this film change everything? Absolutely not. But you could, by answering its call to action.

Further reviews

Purposely unsettling… Ultimately encouraging. – Variety Magazine

Genuinely moving. – Entertainment Weekly

Klein and those impassioned protesters provide something that has been in short supply in the predecessors — namely, a modicum of hope for the future. – LA Times

Klein and Lewis paint a picture of a post-fossil-fueled, post-capitalist future that seems not only within reach, but like a place where we actually want to live. – YES Magazine

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Avi Lewis
Script: Naomi Klein
Production: Joslyn Barnes
Music: David Wall, Adam B. White
Actors: Stacey Arwen Raab
Year: 2015
Duration: 89 min
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): German, English, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Hungarian, Greek, Danish
Country of origin: Canada, United States
Shooting Locations: Germany, Canada, India, United States, Greece
Our age recommendation: 16
Screening rights: Filmbuff ()

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Main topic(s): Climate
Secondary topics: renewables externalisation fossil fuel climate natural disasters growth activism
Mentions: Klima Erdöl Teersand Kanada Naturkatastrophen Kapitalismus Kohle Powder River Basin Montana Alberta
Topic Page(s): Climate

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