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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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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

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

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

Full Review… | October 29, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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Whatever you think of Greenpeace's less well-considered antics over the years, How to Change the World is a compelling story of one environmentalist's remarkable combination of prescience, grit and timing.

Full Review… | August 7, 2015
Globe and Mail
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Almost a "found footage" movie, it makes excellent use of 1,500 archived 16 mm reels supplemented with fresh interviews and some animation.

Full Review… | August 6, 2015
Toronto Star
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The goldmine of 16mm color footage, whose propagandic value participants were quite cognizant of at the time, is in mint condition, showing the excitement and fun of the movement in its earliest days.

Full Review… | January 23, 2015
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How to Change the World is in clear sympathy with the environmental causes Greenpeace champions but its portrait of the organisation is quite spiky and probing.

Full Review… | December 12, 2015
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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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A highly interesting and informative documentary about the best known of today's international environmental movements. Told from archival footage and first-hand recollections, this tale of running on emotions & righteousness shows how tenuous those first few years were. Then came the consolidation with European groups and the early "days of glory" were mostly behind them. A shame that GreenPeace has continued to rely more on emotions and fund-raising rather than facts and overwhelming science. For the most part is seems that only Dr. Moore actually moved on and grew with the movement. Unfortunately his interests seem to be with whatever group offers him a title and wages - as his recent passions seem to follow neither strong emotions nor the facts of hard science. Another great shame that those whales and seals GreenPeace fought for may well be extinct in the early 22nd century from ocean acidification. No plankton, no small fish or baleen whales. What a wild thought that it may well be the estranged alter-technology of those Amchitka bombs (nuclear power through Gen III+ and Gen IV) which are most likely to de-carbonise this climate-changed globe and allow Gaia to enter another golden age of EcoModernism.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

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