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This Changes Everything

Avi Lewis’ environmental doc is based on Naomi Klein’s book

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A widespread if particularly hopeless take on climate change is that it’s unstoppable because humans are inherently greedy. But in this new documentary based on her eponymous bestselling 2014 book, narrator Naomi Klein argues that the real problem is the story we’ve too long told ourselves: that nature is not a mother to be loved but a machine to be engineered. Director Avi Lewis’ camera follows  Klein to potential or already devastated “sacrifice zones” — Canada’s tar sands, Montana coal-and-oil country, smog-choked Chinese cities, the site of a proposed Indian coal-fired power plant — to meet the ordinary, often poor people who are using lawsuits and protest to save the places they live and work in. Klein’s essayistic brief for viewing the planet through new eyes is a broadly argued Big Idea built on very specific cases, but it’s a fast-paced, engaging and even inspiring 90 minutes.


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