Egyptian Theatre presents documentary This Changes Everything

Staff Report

The Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb will be hosting the northern Illinois debut of the documentary This Changes Everything, based on Naomi Klein’s book of the same name, on Tuesday, December 1. The showing, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. at 135 North 2nd Street in DeKalb.

“What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?” Klein says in the film. This changes Everything is an epic attempt to reimagine the vast challenges of climate change.

The documentary was directed by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein’s bestselling book. The film presents seven portraits of communities on the front lines of climate crisis and was filmed in nine countries over four years. Klein’s narration is mixed into the stories, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Klein builds to her idea throughout the film that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something better.

The film travels the world from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Klein’s book was published in September of 2014 and was the winner of the Hilary Weston Prize for Non-fiction, it is available around the world in English and is being translated into 25 different languages.

Klein says, “Traveling around the world with the book last year, I’m finding audiences hungry for bold, visionary responses, far beyond the cautious policy tweaks offered by political leaders. The real leadership is coming from the streets, from communities; we’re honored to tell these stories and bring these voices to a wider audience.”

There will be a panel and discussion following the film. The showing is being sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist of DeKalb Social and Environmental Justice Committee.

For more information on the Egyptian Theatre as well as a calendar of their upcoming events visit egyptiantheatre.org.

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