A new documentary which features intimate behind-the-scenes footage of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will air in UK cinemas this month
The highly anticipated documentary I Am Greta will soon be screened at UK and Irish cinemas after it debuted as part of the Venice Film Festival in September.
The environmentally-focused documentary tells the story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman.
I Am Greta follows the young activist’s journey from her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament in 2018 which led her to become the “voice of a generation” that saw her actions inspire countless school strikes around the world.
The film culminates with her wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.
“Treat the climate crisis as a crisis”
Speaking about the documentary, Greta said: “I really like the film and I think it gives a realistic image of myself and my daily life. I hope anyone who watches the film can finally understand that we young people aren’t school striking just for fun. We are protesting because we don’t have a choice.
“A lot has of course happened since I started school striking, but sadly we are still stuck on square one. The changes and the level of awareness needed are nowhere to be seen today. All that we ask for is for our society to treat the climate crisis as a crisis, and give us a safe future. I think the film shows just how far that is from happening right now. It shows that the urgency of the scientific message isn’t getting through.”
How to watch I Am Greta on demand
Greta first made headlines in August 2018 when she started protesting in front of the Swedish parliament building, vowing to continue until the Swedish government met the carbon emissions target agreed by world leaders in Paris, in 2015.
The teenage activist had been missing school to go on strike on Fridays in protest and urged students across the globe to join her in solidarity to safeguard the future of the planet.
Her protests soon went viral on social media which spark a global movement that saw over 20,000 of students around the world striking and spreading her message with the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.
I Am Greta will be released in cinemas on 16 October with a special screening & exclusive Q&A only in cinemas 18th October: www.iamgreta.film