I watched The Revolution Movie online the other night. This feature length documentary, directed by Canadian Rob Stewart, as a follow up to his previous hit, Sharkwater, has so far, won at least 10 awards at various international film festivals.
With its stated purpose being to inform, inspire and motivate positive action amongst its main target viewing audience (of 4th grade youth, their educators, and young adults), the film delivers a message that is educational, engaging and empowering.
Blessedly, there’s not an excessive shock component to Revolution. It’s a beautiful film that’s not afraid to present the ugly as well. But it does so without visualizing some of the more nightmarish elements encountered by activists that many film makers of the genre feel compelled to show us. I appreciate this more than I can say, having viewed all too much of it over the years.
Rather, it inspires us through Beauty, educates through visual impact, engages via human stories and ultimately empowers with a call to action.
Rob seems to feel that the preservation of earth’s biosphere depends on motivating the younger generations to activism because, well, frankly, it’s their future that’s being stolen. I understand the sentiments of this message (and the underlying message that previous generations have failed to do their/our part). Yet, I personally feel sacred activism is a responsibility we all share, regardless of age.
He also states that the scientists have done their part by presenting us with the facts, and now it’s up to the politicians to step up and do their part. Wouldn’t that be lovely? However, if they haven’t done so now of their own accord, ask yourself, why is that? Waiting around, shuffling our feet in the dust and looking to the heads of state to solve our problems is not the answer. It’s just another excuse.
Actually, even stating that the scientists have presented us with the facts warrants a closer look. The whole climate-change-is-a-man-made-phenomenon is a hotly debated topic. The premise that marine life is failing due to ocean acidification may not be valid to begin with (see What if Obama's Climate-Change Policies are Based on phraud? ). And some extremely important topics, Fukushima and the Gulf Coast oil spill, to name only two, are never addressed by Stewart, even in passing.
Nevertheless, this is a movie worthy of many discussions, whether they take place in the classroom, or in the family living room or at the local coffee house. May we all find the inspiration, indeed, the courage to do what is necessary in rising to this grand and valiant challenge - the preservation of LIFE on Earth.
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Revolution is a feature documentary about opening your eyes, changing the world and fighting for something. A true life adventure following director Rob Stewart in the follow up to his hit Sharkwater, Revolution is an epic adventure into the evolution of life on earth and the revolution to save us.
Discovering that there’s more in jeopardy than sharks, Stewart uncovers a grave secret threatening our own survival as a species, and embarks on a life-threatening adventure through 4 years and 15 countries into the greatest battle ever waged.
Bringing you some of the most incredible wildlife spectacles ever recorded, audiences are brought face to face with sharks and cuddly lemurs, into the microscopic world of the pygmy seahorse, and on the hunt with the deadly flamboyant cuttlefish. From the coral reefs in Papua New Guinea to the rain forests in Madagascar, Stewart reveals that our fate is tied to even the smallest of creatures.
Through it all, Stewart’s journey reveals a massive opportunity, as activists and individuals all over the world are winning the battle to save the ecosystems we depend on for survival. Presenting the most important information on human survival and inspiring people all over the world to fight for life, Revolution is essential viewing for everyone. Startling, beautiful, and provocative, Revolution inspires audiences across the globe to join the biggest movement in history that’s rising to the challenge of saving our world.
Revolution premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has already gone on to win ten awards, including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Atlantic Film Festival, Most Popular Environmental Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Victoria Film Festival and the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
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