An In­con­ve­nient Se­quel: Truth to Power (PG)

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98 mins ★★★★ There was al­ways the risk that a doc­u­men­tary about cli­mate change would sim­ply wind up preach­ing to the con­verted.

Af­ter all, who else wants to sit through an hour-and-a-half of an exvice-pres­i­dent go­ing on about melt­ing ice­caps and ris­ing sea wa­ters? Surely it’s the cli­mate change de­niers who need to watch this film, but ar­guably they will not deign to. So who is Al Gore’s fol­low-up to the Os­car-win­ning An In­con­ve­nient Truth for?

As it turns out, very com­pellingly: you and me. And while I was scep­ti­cal that he’d be able to move me be­yond what I think I know and how much I think I care al­ready, Truth to Power presents a fas­ci­nat­ing and ex­tremely sober­ing mes­sage that ac­tu­ally made me sit up and lis­ten to ev­ery word.

The film be­gins, can­nily, by ad­dress­ing Gore’s crit­ics through sound­bites of the var­i­ous al­le­ga­tions of im­plau­si­bil­ity and hys­te­ria lev­elled at the 2006 film.

But the doc­u­men­tary then gets on with the task at hand: out­lin­ing the steps Gore con­tin­ues to go to in or­der to train up ‘‘cli­mate change lead­ers’’ (or­di­nary peo­ple across the globe who are ed­u­cated in or­der to ed­u­cate oth­ers), his lob­by­ing of world and cor­po­rate lead­ers and, ul­ti­mately, his bravura at­tempt to fa­cil­i­tate funds and tech­nol­ogy which would en­able one of the world’s big­gest users of fos­sil fu­els to move to­wards sus­tain­able en­ergy

What I was look­ing for in Gore’s film was some­thing that would pro­voke me as an or­di­nary cit­i­zen to make per­sonal changes, to lobby, to vote for lead­ers who will forge change on my be­half.

In de­liv­er­ing just this, Gore’s sin­cere and pas­sion­ate man­ner con­vinced me that this is not about him, but very much about us. – Sarah Watt

Al Gore’s sin­cere and pas­sion­ate man­ner shows this is about us, not him.

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