This Changes Everything, Abramorama and FilmBuff announced the global release campaign for Avi Lewis’ game-changing documentary film, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, based on the critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller by award-winning journalist and author, Naomi Klein.
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of both fossil fuel extraction and the climate crisis it is driving, 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. The film builds to its 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.
In addition to an innovative plan to leverage all platforms as the film immediately goes into wide release, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is powered by community organizations and movements around the world – evidenced by the recent launch of the film’s trailer in 26 languages, with subtitles crowdsourced by fans. The film has been invited by a network of more than 100 civil society groups to kick off major mobilizations in the run-up to the UN climate talks in Paris in November. Special one-off screenings will take place in major cities across Europe on September 26, including projection on the side of a coal-fired power station in Amsterdam and a solar-powered pop-up cinema in Syntagma Square in Athens.
Supported by an extraordinary array of cultural icons and targeting global audiences via multiple distribution strategies, this release is poised for maximum impact at a critical time: Obama is making climate change a major legacy item, the Pope is bringing his climate crusade to the US, and governments are gearing up for the most consequential climate summit since Copenhagen in 2009. And the surging climate justice movement – that put half a million people on the streets of New York one year ago – is promising an even bigger show of strength at the talks in Paris. These events will frame an autumn in which the climate crisis is once again top of mind – and THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is dropping right in the middle of it all.
Since its publication in September 2014, Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate has changed the global conversation on climate change. Winner of the Hilary Weston Prize for Non-Fiction, it is now available around the world in English and is being translated into 25 languages. Naomi Klein’s previous works are also international bestsellers: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies.
Shot in 9 countries over the course of 4 years, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING will have its World Premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2015.