This Changes Everything (film)
|This Changes Everything|
|Directed by||Avi Lewis|
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by Naomi Klein
|Narrated by||Naomi Klein|
Adam B. White
Klein Lewis Productions
This Changes Everything is a 2015 documentary film directed by Avi Lewis, a companion project of the book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein.
At the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, the film was first runner-up in the audience voting, within the documentary category.
The film surveys a number of environmental activists around the world:
- Alberta, Canada— Crystal, a young indigenous Beaver Lake Cree Nation leader in Athabasca oil sands country, fights for access to a restricted military base.
- Powder River Basin, Montana— Mike and Alexis, a goat ranching couple impacted by oil from a broken pipeline. They organize against fossil fuel extraction and form an alliance with the Northern Cheyenne tribe to bring solar power to the nearby reservation.
- Halkidiki, Greece— Melachrini, a housewife opposed to mining and drilling projects by Canadian corporation Eldorado Gold; against the backdrop of Greece in crisis,
- Andhra Pradesh, India— Jyothi, a matriarch fighting a proposed coal-fired power plant that will destroy a wetland.
- China— Smog-choked Beijing.
The film received a mixed reaction from film critics. It garnered a 62% rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an mixed or average score of 59, based on seven reviews.
Writing for the Los Angeles Times, critic Michael Rechtshaffen wrote: "They may not do enough to alter the climate change film landscape, but Klein and those impassioned protesters provide something that has been in short supply in the predecessors — namely, a modicum of hope for the future."
Writing for The Guardian, reviewer Henry Barnes stated that the "implication [of the film's opening confession from the author that she's 'always kind of hated films about climate change'] is that This Changes Everything is going to excite and inspire in a way that climate change documentaries have failed to before. It really doesn’t. It gives those of us in the affluent parts of the world more reason to feel bad and only a suggestion of what to do with that feeling."
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- Steve Gravestock. "This Changes Everything (programme note)". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
- "Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2015 Award Winners" (PDF) (Press release). Toronto International Film Festival. 2015-09-20. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
- Barnes, Henry (17 September 2015). "This Changes Everything review - Naomi Klein's documentary on climate change doesn't". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
- "About". This Changes Everything official website. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
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- "This Changes Everything: Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- Rechtshaffen, Michael (16 October 2015). "Review: This Changes Everything puts a human face on global warming". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- Official website
- This Changes Everything at the Internet Movie Database
- Official Facebook
- Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis on their documentary This Changes Everything, an interview on Day 6 (CBC Radio; 18 September 2015)
- This Changes Everything: Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis Film Re-imagines Vast Challenge of Climate Change (Pt. 1) and (Pt. 2), an interview on Democracy Now! (2 October 2015)
- Excerpt from the film, on YouTube