In the lead up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary ‘How To Change The World’ will be screened at The ARTS LAB, Upper River Hall on Saturday 28 November at 7.30pm as part of Kangaroo Valley’s contribution to the national weekend of climate action which will kick off with the Breakfast for Change at Osborne Park at 8.30am.
The recent winner of the Environmental Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015, ‘How To Change The World’ looks at the very early days of the modern eco-movement.
In 1971 a small group of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat. Their mission was to stop Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, a tiny island off the west coast of Alaska. It was from these humble but brave beginnings that Greenpeace was born. Chronicling the untold story behind the modern environmental movement and with access to dramatic archive footage that has not been seen for over 40 years, the film tells the fascinating story of eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of what we now know as the global organization that is Greenpeace. Alongside a group of like-minded and idealistic young friends in the ‘70s, Hunter would be instrumental in altering the way we now look at the world and our place within it.
These campaigning pioneers captured their daring and sometimes jaw-dropping actions on a range of film cameras and Greenpeace granted director Jerry Rothwell access to this vivid archive to make his thrilling, sometimes terrifying film. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival it tells an important story that is still very relevant today making this one of the must-see documentaries of 2015.
Talking about the film, Rothwell said, “This small group of individuals set out to change our awareness of the environment, and it’s astonishing what they achieved in a very short space of time. They were smart about how to use media and their actions were very courageous. The film explores what it felt like to be part of that group, what it takes for any of us to make the bold leap of trying to effect change.”
We are proud to present this event as part of an international people’s climate action in the lead up to the United Nations climate summit in Paris. Join hundreds of thousands of Australians as we demand a transition to renewable energy, for clean air, for a healthy environment and a safe climate.
The film will be followed by a QandA and discussion with a panel of guests from the film and Greenpeace Australia.
The film is rated M and contains Scenes of animal slaughter and coarse language.
Tickets are $12 / $8 and bookings are recommended. More information and buy tickets at: www.artslab.com.au