How To Change The World

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In 1971 a brave group of young activists set sail from Vancouver in an old fishing boat. Their mission: to stop Nixon's atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, a tiny island off the west coast of Alaska. It was from these humble but courageous beginnings that the global organisation that we now know as Greenpeace was born. Chronicling the fascinating untold story behind the modern environmental movement, this gripping new film tells the story of eco-hero Robert Hunter and how he, alongside a group of like-minded and idealistic young friends in the '70s, would be instrumental in altering the way we now look at the world and our place within it.

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Barry Pepper
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Critic Reviews for How To Change The World

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  • This absorbing account is hardly definitive, but it teaches movement building without denying the high costs paid by true believers.

    October 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating, skillfully assembled chronicle of the rise and inevitable fallout surrounding the granddaddy of the environmental activism movement.

    October 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Rothwell does a great job organising this material. It becomes an epic story, partly because of the clashes of ego between these passionate men.

    September 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's fun and eventful, if hardly revelatory.

    September 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Jerry Rothwell's punchy film is less concerned with the official Greenpeace narrative than with the often conflicting testimonies of those involved.

    September 10, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • This is not a political documentary, attempting to sway one's opinion on the success or otherwise of Greenpeace. Rothwell's camera remains neutral, allowing the subjects to tell their story.

    September 10, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 21, 2015
    Using a great amount of precious 16 mm reels, this is a remarkable account of the efforts undertaken by the Greenpeace organization in the '70s and '80s as an extraordinary movement that set out to stop ecological crimes and had to deal with a lot of tension inside their own group.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2015
    A very nostalgic trip back to the creation of Greenpeace. We re-meet individuals who we have come to know quite well as legends of the movement - Bob Hunter and Paul Watson in particular. It provides great insight in how individuals can often undermine any social change.
    John B Super Reviewer

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