BAR HARBOR — Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, “This Changes Everything” is an epic attempt to reimagine the vast challenge of climate change. The inspiring documentary will screen at College of the Atlantic’s Gates Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.
The Climate justice group Earth in Brackets, made up of COA students, is sponsoring the film and will hold a discussion to follow. Refreshments will be provided, and admission is free.
Directed by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international nonfiction bestseller “This Changes Everything,” the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
“Variety” magazine says that while the film presents a catalogue of worst-case scenarios, it offers an optimistic view of the potential for grass-roots change.
“A purposefully unsettling but ultimately encouraging global overview of efforts by activists to push back against corporate polluters and ameliorate climate change, ‘This Changes Everything’ plays very much like the cinematic equivalent of a pep rally,” Variety’s Joe Leydon writes.
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of several international bestsellers focusing on social and climate justice. She is a contributing editor for “Harper’s” and a reporter for “Rolling Stone,” and she writes a regular column for “The Nation” and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for “Harper’s” won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.
Klein was commencement speaker for College of the Atlantic’s class of 2015. Her rousing, encouraging talk served as inspiration to hundreds in the area and thousands who watched and read about it following the event.