Sneak peek: “How to Change the World”

In this sneak peek of How to Change the World (pictured), director Jerry Rothwell documents the nuclear testing in Alaska that inspired the activists that would later form Greenpeace. The doc screens in select UK, Irish and U.S. cinemas today.
September 9, 2015

Since its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Jerry Rothwell’s How to Change the World has become a fan favorite on the festival circuit, picking up an editing prize at Sundance as well as Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Green Award. The archive-heavy doc – which today opens in select UK and Irish cinemas, followed by a nationwide release on Friday (September 11) – traces the origins of environmental organization Greenpeace, told through the writings of the late Canadian journalist and Greenpeace founder Bob Hunter.

In a sneak peek provided to realscreen, Rothwell documents the nuclear testing on Amchitka island – located off the west coast of Alaska – that inspired the initial wave of protests by the small but dedicated group of activists that would later form Greenpeace.

Through Fathom Events, the film will also screen in approximately 400 cinemas in the U.S. in conjunction with the UK premiere, and a satellite Q&A with the director and other guests will be part of the presentation.

How to Change the World is produced by Met Film, Daniel Film and Insight Productions, and presented by the British Film Institute and Sky, in association with Impact Partners, Shark Island Productions and Bell Media. Picturehouse Entertainment is distributing the film in the UK and Ireland.

  • Read realscreen’s full profile of the documentary from Sundance here.
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