How to Change the World

How to Change the World

How to Change the World

Documentary on the earliest days of Greenpeace, detailing the group's evolution from loose collection of activists protesting a nuclear test to structured organisation taking on the whale hunting industry. How To Change The World delves into Greenpeace's massive archive of mint condition 16mm film and supplements this footage with contemporary interviews as key participants reminisce over the often-adversarial formation of the global movement.

"How To Change The World unfolds as a hippie heist movie-turned-high sea adventure but remains an intimate portrait of the group’s original members and of activism itself—idealism vs. pragmatism, principle vs. compromise. They agreed that a handful of people could change the world; they just couldn’t agree how to do it." (Sundance Film Festival)

2015Rating: M, Offensive language & content that may disturb110 minsCanada, UK
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Not content to simply recount the storied origins of Greenpeace, Jerry Rothwell’s How to Change the World also doubles as a pointed study of leadership, power and the splintering of solidarity in the quest for a revolution. The doco’s early passages certainly capture the reckless rush of the environmental movement’s roots: Rothwell’s staging evokes the heist-thriller mode of The Cove, following Canadian journalist Bob Hunter and his motley team of beardy “eco-freaks” as they attempt to stop a nuclear bomb test in Amchitka, Alaska in 1971.

4.0

Good docu

It splits into two parts, each having very powerful themes. The Green Peace is founded and founded as an organization: these are two different themes and they're put very clearly.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Focuses engagingly on the human dynamics, particularly the role of late leader Bob Hunter.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A sleekly packaged documentary with a tendency to simplify history to heighten the drama.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This spends more time on the tensions between the dominant trio than their landmark campaigning.

3.0
Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Not content to simply recount the storied origins of Greenpeace, Jerry Rothwell’s How to Change the World also doubles as a pointed study of leadership, power and the splintering of solidarity in the quest for a revolution. The doco’s early passages certainly capture the reckless rush of the environmental movement’s roots: Rothwell’s staging evokes the heist-thriller mode of The Cove, following Canadian journalist Bob Hunter and his motley team of beardy “eco-freaks” as they attempt to stop a nuclear bomb test in Amchitka, Alaska in 1971.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Focuses engagingly on the human dynamics, particularly the role of late leader Bob Hunter.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A sleekly packaged documentary with a tendency to simplify history to heighten the drama.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This spends more time on the tensions between the dominant trio than their landmark campaigning.

3.0

Good docu

It splits into two parts, each having very powerful themes. The Green Peace is founded and founded as an organization: these are two different themes and they're put very clearly.

4.0