I Am Greta director Nathan Grossman first started filming local weather change activist Greta Thunberg lengthy earlier than the Swedish teenager grew to become a global trigger célèbre.
“It began with a tip…that informed us she was going to do some sort of a small [protest] outdoors the Swedish authorities,” Grossman says throughout Deadline’s Contenders Documentary awards-season occasion, recalling that Thunberg sat alone in opposition to a stone wall holding an indication studying “School Strike for the Climate.” “That was the primary time I noticed her.”
Grossman went on to spend greater than a yr with Thunberg and her household for his Hulu documentary. He tells Deadline that he did not anticipate the teenager’s protest would ignite a motion.
“She’s attention-grabbing and he or she has a particular means of talking about this [issue] but it surely’s not one thing that massive,” Grossman remembers pondering. “When I understood that that is undoubtedly a global sort of grand story was when [school] strikes had been popping up in Australia and Belgium.”
Thunberg’s marketing campaign has earned her renown, but in addition ridicule from President Donald Trump and different distinguished climate-change doubters. Grossman says he needed to counter makes an attempt by her opponents to scale back Thunberg to a caricature, a “screaming youngster” to be ignored.
He says his topic responded positively to his cinematic portrait.
“She perceived that the portrayal confirmed her as…this three-dimensional being, from being very used to seeing herself so compressed into sort of this activist who’s simply offended,” Grossman says. “I believe that was fulfilling for her to acknowledge herself on display screen.”