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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