directed by Nathan Grossman
by Bill Chambers A deceptively stock rise-to-influence documentary, I Am Greta has haunted me like nothing that begins with "Hulu Presents" reasonably should. The film is, of course, about teen activist Greta Thunberg, who went on a school strike in her native Stockholm to bring awareness to climate change and became a global phenomenon. It begins at the beginning, in 2018, as Thunberg takes a seat outside the Swedish parliament building with a simple sign that reads "Skolstrejk för klimatet." One older woman stops to scold her, more or less, for risking her future by skipping school. Thunberg counters that at the rate we're destroying the planet, she has no future to risk. The woman walks away in a huff: kids, right? This fearless interaction not only establishes a key theme of I Am Greta--Thunberg's ability to make Boomer heads explode, Scanners-style--but is also something of a miracle, given that Thunberg, who has Asperger's, once went three years without speaking to another living soul except her parents. What triggered this mutism was her horrified reaction to an educational video about the impact of climate change on polar bears; what snapped her out of it was her realization that she could change her ways (going vegetarian, unplugging power cords, etc.)--and potentially those of others, by drawing as much attention to our environmental crisis, the looming Sixth Extinction, as possible.