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How to Change the World

Win­ner of 2016 Cana­di­an Screen Award for Best Edit­ing in a Fea­ture Length Doc­u­men­tary, 2015 awards from Inter­na­tion­al Doc­u­men­tary Asso­ci­a­tion, Reyk­javik Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val, Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val and Sheffield Inter­na­tion­al Doc­u­men­tary Festival

How to Change the World (direct­ed by Jer­ry Roth­well) chron­i­cles the adven­tures of an eclec­tic group of young pio­neers – Cana­di­an hip­pie jour­nal­ists, pho­tog­ra­phers, musi­cians, sci­en­tists and Amer­i­can draft dodgers – who set out in 1971 to stop Richard Nixon’s atom­ic bomb tests in Amchit­ka, Alas­ka, and end­ed up cre­at­ing the world­wide envi­ron­men­tal move­ment. A grip­ping chron­i­cle of Greenpeace’s ear­ly his­to­ry, the film con­tains remark­able footage, audio record­ings and pho­tographs that cap­ture its most dra­mat­ic, icon­ic and poignant moments — from the rem­nants of mass slaugh­ter at an aban­doned whal­ing sta­tion to the maneu­ver­ing of Zodi­acs between the whales and Russ­ian har­poons. How to Change the World presents an inti­mate por­trait of Greenpeace’s orig­i­nal mem­bers, as well as of the chal­lenges of activism itself —ide­al­ism vs. prag­ma­tism, prin­ci­ple vs. com­pro­mise. Those involved agreed that a hand­ful of peo­ple could indeed change the world; they just couldn’t agree how to do it!

Released in 2015
Run­ning time: 110 minutes

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