BY MARK FITZGERALD
Every once in awhile a film critic will say that a movie is a “must-see.” Revolution is one of those films that everyone tells you to see, not just the critics.
The film is written, directed and produced by Rob Stewart, an award-winning filmmaker who is best known for the movie Sharkwater. Stewart is also an award-winning photographer, and his photography career ultimately lead him to become a filmmaker. He witnessed sharks being hunted and decided that he needed to raise awareness so he created Sharkwater. Revolution is a continuation of Stewart’s adventures but it is about more than just sharks. It is about us, the human species.
Stewart travels around the world and speaks with several experts about how we are destroying our planet. He tackles many issues including deforestation, ocean acidification and climate change. The film’s website has made it clear that Revolution is not just about environmental issues. It is about people as well. The film attempts to make people aware of crucial issues that we have created as humans. It is also trying to help us realize that we can still change things and fix our planet and save our species.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has since gone on to win several awards including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Atlantic Film Festival and the Most Popular Environmental Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Many well-known people including Canadian environmental activist, David Suzuki, have supported the film. He said, “If you go to one movie this year, it must be Revolution.”
Jean-Michel Cousteau, a French explorer and environmentalist, is also praising Revolution. “A must-see; an inspiration and beautiful film that will create a much needed ocean revolution,” he said.
Stewart is willing to do all that he can in order to get people to hear his message. He has even posted an educational guide for teachers on the film’s website. The guide says the movie will teach students about “the interconnectedness of all living things, the urgent need for conservation work, and the ways in which each of us, especially young people, can change the world for the better.” Stewart said on the film’s website that “change starts with education. If people are aware of their impact on the Earth, they’ll make smarter choices.”
There is a lot of hype over Revolution and it sets out to have more than just an impact at the box office.
It is currently showing at Empire Theatres on Gateway Park Drive in Kitchener.