Directed by Avi Lewis and produced in conjunction with Naomi Klein’s best-selling book of the same name, This Changes Everything is an urgent dispatch on climate change that explores how our violent disregard for our planet has endangered both it and ourselves, and how resisting this abuse and opposing the forces that propagate it can have a profound — even revolutionary — impact upon the makeup of our society.
With Klein serving as narrator and guide, the film examines several individual cases worldwide — from ranchers in Montana dealing with floods and an oil spill to grandmothers in Greece protesting the arrival of a Canadian gold-processing complex, from fishermen in India rejecting a coal-fired power plant to migrant workers in Fort McMurray drowning their sorrows — to show both the ravages of unchecked capitalist “development” and some of the grassroots initiatives that have begun to combat them.
Filmed on several continents over a period of three years, This Changes Everything argues that the greatest crisis we have ever faced also offers us the opportunity to address and chere orrect the inhumane systems that have created it.
Avi Lewis is a filmmaker and TV host with a 25 year history of pushing the boundaries of mainstream media. He is the director of the feature documentary This Changes Everything, inspired by the bestselling book by Naomi Klein.
His first documentary, The Take (2004), followed Argentina’s legendary movement of worker- run businesses. It premiered at the Venice Biennale and was released theatrically around the world.
He co-created and hosted both Al Jazeera English Television’s acclaimed documentary series Fault Lines, and the ground-breaking The Big Picture on CBC Television.