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|How to Change the World|
|Directed by||Jerry Rothwell|
|Written by||Jerry Rothwell|
|Produced by||Al Morrow|
Bous de Jong
|Narrated by||Barry Pepper|
|Edited by||James Scott|
|Music by||Lesley Barber|
|Distributed by||Picturehouse Entertainment|
In 1971, a small group of activists sailed from Vancouver, Canada in a fishing boat to try to stop Richard Nixon's nuclear bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska. Their actions caught the attention of the public and this eventually led to a worldwide green movement and pioneered the foundation of Greenpeace. 
The film centers on activist Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of Greenpeace, which is structured by the five rules of engagement from Hunter's writings.
- Barry Pepper as the voice of Bob Hunter, serving as narrator
- Bill Darnel
- David Garrick
- Bobbi Hunter
- Emily Hunter
- Will Jackson
- George Korotva
- Myron McDonald
- Rod Marining
- Patrick Moore
- Ron Precious
- Paul Spong
- Carlie Truman
- Paul Watson
- Rex Weyler
Release and marketing
The documentary first premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, winning the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing and the Candescent Award. A first trailer was released on July 30, 2015.
On September 9, 2015, Picturehouse screened the documentary in 120 U.K. and 70 U.S. cinemas, (presented with Fathom Events stateside), followed by a satellite Q&A with Rothwell, fashion designer and Greenpeace supporter Vivienne Westwood and daughter of the first president of Greenpeace, Emily Hunter.
Dennis Harvey praised the film in Variety noting, "The goldmine of 16mm color footage, whose propagandic value participants were quite cognizant of at the time, is in mint condition, showing the excitement and fun of the movement in its earliest days." Kate Taylor from The Globe and Mail gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, adding that "Whatever you think of Greenpeace's less well-considered antics over the years, How to Change the World is a compelling story of one environmentalist's remarkable combination of prescience, grit and timing." The Toronto Star wrote "Almost a "found footage" movie, it makes excellent use of 1,500 archived 16 mm reels supplemented with fresh interviews and some animation."
The film has received various accolades such as those listed below.
|2015||Sundance Film Festival||World Doc Special Jury Award: Editing||Won|
|2015||Sheffield Documentary Festival||Best Environmental Documentary||Won|
|2015||Sebastopol Documentary Festival||Best Feature||Won|
|2015||Portland EcoFilm Festival||Best Feature Film||Won|
|2015||Hot Docs||Top Ten Audience Favourite||Won|
|2016||4th Canadian Screen Awards||Best Feature Length Documentary||Nominated|
|Best Editing in a Documentary||Won|
- Gold, Daniel M. (29 October 2015). "Review: 'How to Change the World' Traces the Roots of Greenpeace". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 31 July 2023.
- "Sundance Winner's List". Deadline. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
- "Sundance 2015 Winner's List". The Hollywood Reporter. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
- "How to Change the World trailer: Greenpeace's rise examined in new documentary". The Guardian. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
- "Picturehouse Targets U.S. With Documentary 'World'". Variety. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- Dennis, Harvey. "Sundance Film Review: 'How to Change the World'". Variety. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
- Taylor, Kate (7 August 2015). "How to Change the World: Compelling doc charts dramatic rise of Greenpeace". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- Howell, Peter (6 August 2015). "Mini reviews of The Gift, How to Change the World, Diamond Tongues, Cocksure Lads". Toronto Star. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
- "HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD". Official Website. Archived from the original on 25 November 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2020.