Greta Thunberg has become one of the world’s most powerful voices in climate change in recent years. The 17-year-old activist is now the subject of a new documentary Greta (originally titled I Am Greta) which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival last week.
The documentary chronicles Thunberg’s everyday life for a year, recording her rise to fame as well as some of her most powerful moments, including her school strike outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018 and her address to political leaders around the world, demanding that they take action against climate change.
Since the premiere, the Swedish activist has shared that she is pleased with how she has been portrayed in the documentary by director Nathan Grossman.“You did succeed in framing me as myself and not the person that the media frames me to be, not the angry, naive child who sits in the United Nations General Assembly screaming at world leaders. Because that’s not the person I am. So, I think he definitely made me seem like a more shy, nerdy person, which is the person that I am,” Thunberg told Reuters.
Director Grossman had no idea of Thunberg’s exponential influence when he first began filming the documentary. Thunberg, who was 15 at the beginning of filming, has since gone on to become a revolutionary figurehead for the global climate crisis campaign.
“I think we have seen a lot of her in the news media, she has been doing so many interviews and I wanted to bring the viewer closer to her, how does it feel to go from nothing to become this very famous climate activist,” Grossman said. “I was also thinking: ‘Everything is going so quickly. What a weird kind of rush … this is’ in a sense that we are standing here with the Pope and just like eight, nine months ago she started the school strike,” he added.