For a recent sustainable film and discussion series event we showed Revolution. The quick synopsis on their website summarizes it as: Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed Sharkwater documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he’ll discover that it’s not only sharks that are in grave danger – it’s humanity itself.
It was exciting to see a pretty packed house with many students in attendance (many are required to attend from a course or get extra credit for attending) as this powerful film does include a theme of the youth of today rising up, being empowered, and attempting to make a difference. Sadly when our film showing ended and we held the short post film discussion, we were left with only about 2 dozen people mainly over the age of 40. But perhaps the students, in their own way, were inspired by the amazing scenes of nature below the water and around the globe. Films can truly move us emotionally as spiritual creatures, more often than facts can. The aesthetics, sounds, and visuals in this film really appeal to our senses, not just our rational minds. Most of our post-film discussion take-aways were about being embarrassed to be human on this planet, how there are too many of us (greedy/self adsorbed/ignorant) humans on the planet, and how wrong it is that so many people believe we (humans) are the reason for earth being here – instead of how we must live in harmony as one of many dwelling on this planet. We protect what we know. Is technology keeping us inside and/or glued to a screen with little connection to the world around us that we need to survive? How can we reconnect with nature?
This film is worth a showing AND a discussion in your community or your campus. Check out the educator’s guide for pre-viewing prompts, post-viewing activities and other teacher resources.