I AM GRETA

Empire (UK) - - ON SCREEN -

★★★

OUT 16 OC­TO­BER / CERT TBC / 97 MINS

DIREC­TOR Nathan Gross­man

CAST Greta Thun­berg, Svante Thun­berg

A cli­mate-change move­ment that shook the world be­gan with a soli­tary act of de­fi­ance: 15-year-old Greta Thun­berg sat outside Swe­den’s par­lia­ment with a home-made sign, “School Strike For Cli­mate”. Soon, young peo­ple across the globe would join her. From her ear­li­est protests to her epic sea voy­age to ad­dress the UN, doc­u­men­tary maker Nathan Gross­man filmed ev­ery step, chart­ing her de­vel­op­ment from lone school­girl pro­tester to a pow­er­ful voice hold­ing politi­cians to ac­count. While the film cap­tures Thun­berg’s pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion, at times it treads an un­com­fort­able line be­tween ac­cess and ex­ploita­tion (such as when Thun­berg breaks down in a pri­vate mo­ment). It’s also a largely one-sided por­trait too, a chron­i­cle of Thun­berg’s rise rather than a defini­tive ex­plo­ration.

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