General · 23rd March 2017
Join us on Friday March 24 at QCC for the award-winning documentary on the history of Greenpeace, 'How To Change The World.' Special guest Rex Weyler – who played a key role in founding the group – will be in attendance, along with musicians from the Pull Together campaign.
Admission is by donation, and doors open at 7pm for live entertainment (and our signature great desserts) before the film begins at 7:30. Rex will lead a discussion after the film.
And by way of a teaser, here's Rex's synopsis of the film:
"There have been dozens of Greenpeace documentaries. This one is the best. The director, Jerry Rothwell, uncovered hours of unseen archival footage that brings to life the early days of Greenpeace, born in British Columbia in the 1970s. This film is no puff piece. It exposes the human frailty, conflicts, mistakes, and foibles of the early activists.
"Our first voyage in an old fishing boat headed to Amchitka Island in the Aleutians to stop a US nuclear bomb test in 1971. The climax of the film, and of those early years, takes place in the mid-pacific, in 1975, when we confronted the Russian whalers. Their harpoon shot over our heads provides the seminal moment that launched the modern environmental movement.
"The soundtrack of the film includes classic 1960s and 70s music and Berry Pepper as the voice of Robert Hunter, reading from his journals from that era. The director mines deeply with the historic footage and modern interviews to reveal the contradictions and conflicts among the early crews, who argue about strategy and about the direction of Greenpeace. The film won the coveted Candescent Award for best social documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, and has earned awards all around the world.
"In the early 1970s, we were a peace group, just beginning to think about ecology, and the need for ecological action on the same scale as the peace movement or civil rights movements. We set out in 1975 to confront the whaling fleets because we wanted to do something global that would launch an 'ecology movement.' That much, we achieved.
"Meanwhile, differing opinions, egos, and outside pressures from media and the public proved to be bigger challenges than our political antagonists. After eight years of internal turmoil, we founded Greenpeace International in 1979. This film is the story of those challenging early years, from Vancouver, to the high seas, to Alaska, Hawaii, and California.
"And the film is also about what it takes to actually change the world, to change the direction of society. That challenge remains the same today. With each generation, we face a more crucial environmental crisis. We are not just talking about our own personal rights; we are talking about the future of planet Earth. Today, activism and environmental protection are more urgent than ever before."