Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival



DocPoint will present the film in a collaboration with Docventures. I Am Greta will be available on Yle Docventures on Tue 2.2. and Yle Areena.

I Am Greta is an intimate, vulnerable documentary about the teen behind the headlines.

Director Nathan Grossman follows Greta Thunberg (and, often, her father) through this remarkable two-year stretch, in which Thunberg went from sitting outside her school on the sidewalk with her backpack and a hand-lettered sign to addressing formidable bodies of world leaders at venues including the United Nations and the World Economic Forum.

Thunberg has made a habit of delivering searing speeches that refuse to pull punches, accusing the powerful of essentially using her and other young activists as a prop to make it seem like they’re acting on climate while actually doing very little. As a result, her public image feels, at times, preternaturally mature. And it’s been easy for pundits and politicians to attack her — which they have done, vigorously, cruelly, and with very limited success — as a “mentally ill” puppet of her attention-hungry parents.

But I Am Greta makes it clear how laughably far from the truth that characterization is, just by letting Thunberg talk. She is vulnerable. We see her cry, erupt into peals of laughter reading hateful Facebook comments, and argue with her father when he tells her to stop revising a speech and please, please eat her lunch.

Grossman’s fly-on-the-wall approach is a perfect match for his subject. Thunberg is not unselfconscious, but she has very little to prove, and so her single-minded passion for her activism comes through in every word she says. The camera even accompanies her on a boat trip across the Atlantic to New York to address the UN.

Alissa Wilkinson, VOX

Language: Swedish, English
Subtitles: English
Director: Nathan Grossman
Production Country: Sweden
Year: 2020
Length (min): 97
Age limit: S
Cinematographer: Nathan Grossman
Editing: Charlotte Landelius, Hanna Lejonqvist
Music: Jon Ekstrand, Rebekka Karijord
Producer: Fredrik Heinig, Cecilia Nessen
Production Company: B-Reel Films
A Title in Original Language: Greta