- Romy Kraus
'I am Greta' - Interview with director Nathan Grossman
The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta—a shy student with Asperger’s—in her rise to prominence and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world. The film culminates with her extraordinary wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.
“It started with a tip…that told us she was going to do some kind of a small [protest] outside the Swedish government. That was the first time I saw her” director Nathan Grossman recalling his first encounter with Greta Thunberg, when she was sitting against a stone wall holding a sign reading “School Strike for the Climate.
Grossman went on to spend more than a year with Thunberg and her family for his Hulu documentary and suddenly saw the movement. “I understood that this is definitely an international kind of grand story was when [school] strikes were popping up in Australia and Belgium.”
Thunberg’s campaign has earned her renown, but also ridicule from President Donald Trump and other prominent climate-change doubters. Grossman says he wanted to counter attempts by her opponents to reduce Thunberg to a caricature, a “screaming child” to be ignored.