Film club screens How to Change the World

Film club screens How to Change the World Friday, April 28 at the arts centre

The Williams Lake Film Club will screen How to Change the World this Friday, April 28 at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre.

Our last film of the season really is a quintessential Canadian film.

How to Change the World is a Canadian production with assistance from the U.K., Netherlands and the U.S.

It is a documentary directed by British writer/director Jerry Rothwell with many members of the original group, including Rob Marining, who will be present at our screening!

How to Change the World is a documentary with history and adventure, runs for 110 minutes, and is rated PG.

This means you can bring your children along.

In 1971, a brave group of young maybe activists set sail from Vancouver in an old fishing boat.

Their mission: to stop Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, a tiny island off the west coast of Alaska.

It was from these humble but courageous beginnings that the global organization that we now know as Greenpeace was born.

Chronicling the fascinating untold story behind the modern environmental movement using never before seen archive material of about 1,500 old reels, brings their extraordinary world to life.

This gripping new film tells the story of eco-hero Robert Hunter and how he, alongside a group of like-minded and idealistic young friends in the 70s, would be instrumental in altering the way we now look at the world and our place within it.

These are young people full of ideas and ideals who are ready to put them in action, to fight for them.

Oh yes, they have their clashes and differences, because this is not a glowing Hollywood movie, but this is a real story told by the real people involved.

At times you sit on the edge of your seat cheering them on, and then you might start to wonder, where are these passionate people now?

Aaron Yap from Flicks describes the film as follows: an inspiring, affecting Odyssey about flower children transforming into a “seagoing gang of ecological bikers.” And we will really root for these “bikers” in their next mission, a hair-raising run-in with a Russian whaling fleet.

Other than Hunter, we learn more about two other key players, Paul Watson and Pat Moore.

They are given more attention in the second half of the documentary where the ego-clashing friction within the organization comes into focus.

This film is such fun to watch, full of action and convictions.

I am sure that you will enjoy it – and that you will enjoy meeting one of the original group, Rod Marining, to answer your questions.

This presentation is highly recommended and perfect for our last event.

Before I forget, it also received a Special Jury Award from Sundance.

Screening will begin at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $9 at the door, $8 for film club members, $6 for seniors (65+ please) and for students, TRU and high school.