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. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful 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 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. Director Avi Lewis joins us to talk about the economic, social and political challenges and the opportunities that will determine the fate of our shared planet.
Author Naomi Klein, Director Avi Lewis, and Executive Producer Danny Glover will be hosting at 730 PM. Director Avi Lewis and Author Naomi Klein will doing a Q & A at 5:00 PM screening – Sundance Sunset Cinema – 8000 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
“The evenly wrought film accessibly argues that runaway capitalism and short-term economic growth at all costs has caused an imminent catastrophe, and that global warming is the hot-foot instigator for a radical change in economic thinking.” Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail
“It distinguishes itself among similar planet-loving docs by showing evidence there is hope in what can often seem an overwhelming bleak task to begin repairs to an industrial-damaged world.” – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
“An unsettling but ultimately encouraging documentary about global warming and grassroots activism.” Joe Leydon, Variety
“Klein is an excellent synthesizer of difficult ideas and knows how to make them accessible.” Susan Cole, NOW Toronto