I Am Greta’s Clarion Call

A child of climate crisis, Greta Thunberg has become a champion in search of solidarity to reclaim our future. And the new documentary I Am Greta is her statement of purpose.

I’ll never forget first seeing her in my social media feed, years ago, sitting alone in front of government, climate striking in protest. Since then, my girls and I have done our best to play our parts in the global warming uprising, signal boosting and fundraising and, yes, climate striking too.

And then the planetary unraveling began to accelerate.

And so we are left in the pandemic epoch with the documentary, I Am Greta, a socially distanced alternative to physical solidarity in the streets, where uprisings worldwide have erupted with relevance and momentum. The thoughtful Thunberg is aware of this singular convergence, promising to share whatever impact her simple, powerful name can inspire.

“To be clear,” Thunberg explained on Twitter, “I (nor anyone in connection to me) have or will not receive any payment for this. B-Reel Films will dedicate half of the film’s revenues to my foundation and all of that will be donated to organizations & projects fighting for a sustainable world & defending nature.”

Directed by Nathan Grossman, I Am Greta premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and plans to screen — pandemic provided — in cinemas in Europe, America, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand in October, with hopes for Latin America, Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, China, and more in late 2020 and early 2021. The more sensible streaming campaign, better attuned to our climate emergency, begins in November on Hulu.

The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman.

Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta – a shy student with Asperger’s – in her rise to prominence, and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world. The film culminates with her astonishing wind powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.

“I hope anyone who watches the film can finally understand that we young people aren’t school striking just for fun. We are protesting because we don’t have a choice. A lot has of course happened since I started school striking, but sadly we are still stuck on square one. The changes and the level of awareness needed are nowhere to be seen today. All that we ask for is for our society to treat the climate crisis as a crisis, and give us a safe future.” — Greta Thunberg

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