Documentary following Greta Thunberg premiered at Venice Film Festival

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

07th Sep, 2020. 12:20 am

The documentary “I am Greta” made on Greta Thunberg and her journey from a Swedish school girl to a global climate activist portrays her as a shy nerd. The documentary was premiered at the Venice film festival.

For a year, the documentary’s director Nathan Grossman filmed Thunberg’s daily life, and her rise to fame from the beginning. In August 2018, Greta has first seen outside the Swedish Parliament to raise her voice against climate change.


The director had no idea that a 15-year-old girl would become the figurehead for the global climate crisis campaign.

In an interview, the director Grossman said,

“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.”

He added,

“I was also thinking like ‘Jesus, 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.”

On Friday at the Venice Film Festival, Greta Thunberg joined the event through a video link and said that she is happy the way she was portrayed.

“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,” she said.


“So, I think he definitely made me seem like a more shy, nerdy person which is the person that I am,” she continued to say.

Greta Thunberg also said the documentary debunked some of the accusations of critics who say she is being manipulated by others.

“Some people say that they spread conspiracy theories … that I don’t think for myself or I don’t speak for myself or someone else writes my speeches … In the movie, you can see that that is not actually true and that I do of course speak for myself and I decide everything for myself.”

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