Change is within reach
As Arlo Guthrie’s guitar has a sticker on it that says, “This machine kills fascists,” Power to Change should come with a sticker that says, “This movie, ironically, kills fossil fuels.”
Seen as the basis for the current state our planet is in (war, famine, pollution), fossil fuels are a non-renewable abyss that we seem ‘okay’ with throwing our future into. Power to Change takes this as motivation, and focuses on how very possible it is to make the switch to renewable resources.
The description of the German-made documentary states: “Power to Change shows that a rapid turnaround in energy policy towards 100 percent renewables is possible, even faster than what opponents would have you believe.”
Then the political state of Alberta jumped to mind. Images of jerry can toting politicians, anti-carbon tax opportunists, and people willing to blame government for natural disasters, shows that Alberta is Canada’s ground zero for blind fear of change. It doesn’t need to be.
The film follows several key players, entrepreneurs, business leaders, environmental activists, scientists, and others who are involved emotionally or politically in the change from fossil fuels to renewable resources. This group of non-actors are key to the direction of the film, making it human and possible. It shows failures and successes and does not promise prosperity right out of the gate, rather, it shows that while it is a difficult road full of drawbacks, the end goal is one that cannot be underestimated.
Wonderfully shot and crisply edited, the film has elements of innovation, necessity, and hope.
There is a strength in this matter of fact style of shooting that works on an intimate level. A lot of the conversations are shot as if the viewer is a part of it. Long, lingering focuses on faces that are sitting at the table, not saying anything, but a part of the dialogue. This style does a great job at involving the audience into the feeling of having something shared with them; having something said to them, as opposed to at them; having something in common.
I recommend everyone see this film as it shows hope for us all. Not just the hippies, not just the social justice warriors, and not just ‘big renewable resource.’ (Is that a thing?)
Also, this film is mostly overdubbed in English, so I hope you like reading.
Power to Change
Thu., May 25 (6:30 pm)
Metro Cinema, $12
Panel discussion following the screening