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I Am Greta (12A)

I Am Greta

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Saturday 14 Nov 202019:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 42m

The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman.

When 15-year-old Greta Thunberg skipped school to sit on the pavement outside the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign that said, "School Strike for the Climate," director Nathan Grossman was there filming her in those earliest days. He was there when she travelled to European capitals — by electric car or train to discourage emissions from planes, and accompanied by her protective father — speaking to ever-growing crowds and calling for aggressive action to protect the planet. Grossman was even there on the rough, two-week boat trip Thunberg took across the Atlantic on her way to address the United Nations.

The documentary captures a few unguarded moments that reveal the personal emotional toll of Thunberg's improbable fame. It is well-known that she has Asperger's Syndrome, and as she and her father point out here, she is most comfortable with routine and order.

As I Am Greta follows her through her first year as an activist, 2018-2019, this vérité doc creates a close-up, behind-the-headlines portrait of a passionately committed, media-savvy young woman - a heroine in the making.