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network 30/05/2016 - 02:00PM

Cinema Politica’s 2015 Audience Choice Award winner is…

 

The votes are in! After a very close race that accumulated thousands of votes, in which each of the top three films led the pack for at least 24 hours, we are proud to name Avi Lewis’s THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING as the winner of Cinema Politica’s Audience Choice Award for 2015.

Based on Naomi Klein’s best-selling book, and fuelled by her ongoing and passionate activism, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING argues that global economic reform and meaningful climate change action are inextricably linked and fundamentally necessary. By positioning climate change as a potential catalyst for worldwide economic, cultural, and environmental reform, Lewis and Klein insist on meaningful action on local and global levels: humanity not only can save itself from itself, but we can also build a sustainable and fair world for future generations.

“The Cinema Politica audience is the world’s premiere documentary community - global, sophisticated, critical, and committed. So to get this award is absolutely thrilling for us! On behalf of the hundreds of people around the world who contributed to this long work, thank you - from the bottom of our revolutionary hearts.” – Avi Lewis

The enormous scope of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING’s project (be sure to check out the team’s connected project Leap Manifesto here) makes everyone part of the problem while insisting that anyone can be part of the solution.

As mentioned earlier, the voting for this year’s award became a very close race between THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING and the neck-in-neck runners-up, Lenny Epstein’s TIL THE COWS COME HOME and Keegan Kuhn and Kip Andersen's COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET. What we find exciting about this —beyond that the cow has clearly become the most politicized animal on our screens this year— is how all three of 2015’s most popular films foreground their explicit calls to action. Whether campaigning for prison reform, environmental justice, or economic reform, all three of these films gloriously fulfill Cinema Politica’s mandate to inspire meaningful political action and social change by screening truth to power.

Congratulations again to Avi Lewis, Naomi Klein, and the entire crew of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, and thank you to everyone who voted!