An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, the follow-up to the 2006 climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth, starring former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, will be recut from the original version premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January before it hits theaters in July. The updated version will now include U.S. President Donald Trump’s Thursday exit from the Paris Climate Accord, expanding Trump’s antagonist screen presence in the film.
The filmmakers behind An Inconvenient Sequel, which includes the original documentary’s producer Davis Guggenheim as well as many other returning crew members, announced that Trump’s highly criticized withdrawal from the Paris Accord “will appear in the final film”, according to a spokesperson for Paramount Pictures. Just as for the original documentary, Paramount is releasing An Inconvenient Sequel in conjunction with Participant Media.
An Inconvenient Truth, which followed Gore as he worked tirelessly to convince U.S. legislators and the general public of the impending catastrophic events resulting from climate change, was critically acclaimed, winning 32 awards and was nominated for 11 more. Two of those wins were Academy Awards, making An Inconvenient Truth the only documentary to have achieved this.
Al Gore is once again the featured star of An Inconvenient Sequel, and the passion he shares with the documentary’s creators for environmental activism is unmistakable – the DVD carton packaging for the original film is made from 100 percent recycled material. It is unsurprising that Gore would have some strong feelings about Trump’s commitment to exit from the Paris Climate Accord.
“Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action,” Gore admonished in a statement released shortly after the announcement that the U.S. would be backing out of the climate deal.
“It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time. But make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will.”
“Civic leaders, mayors, governors, CEOs, investors and the majority of the business community will take up this challenge,” the statement went on.
“We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. President Trump’s decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president; but no matter what he does, we will ensure that our inevitable transition to a clean energy economy continues.”
The Paris Climate Accord was an agreement signed in 2015 by the leaders of 195 countries, including the United States under then-President Barack Obama. The deal was intended to encourage the reduction of greenhouse gases in an effort to limit or reduce the widely accepted cause of climate change to a manageable level. There was a wide criticism of the Paris deal from both sides at the time, with some believing that the goals were not ambitious enough and others claiming that the additional regulations would hurt industrial development and create unemployment. Still, others thought that it was a major step in the right direction and that it was something that could be built on in the future.
Trump’s statement came as no surprise, however. During his campaign in 2016, Trump pledged to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord as well as reversing or repealing most of President Obama’s work during his tenure in office. But, since his official statement regarding his intentions was made today, he has received tremendous backlash from the scientific community, world leaders, and business and technological innovators. Elon Musk, the CEO and project architect of Tesla Inc. and SpaceX, warned President Trump that he would leave the presidential councils if Trump followed through with his pledge. Following Trump’s official statement, Musk followed through with his own pledge and publicly stated that he was stepping down from any advisory positions.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
The inclusion of the Paris Climate Accord development is particularly important to the narrative of An Inconvenient Sequel. The film’s climax centers on Gore as he travels through Paris, urging people to get on board with the agreement before the convening United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2015. After the announcement from President Trump that the U.S. would no longer be involved in the Paris Climate Accord, the filmmakers felt that an editorial reimagining was not just preferred but absolutely necessary.
If the original documentary’s success is any indication, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power will likely receive much of the same acclaim that its predecessor did, and at least a few awards. With the surge in support for climate change science and research in the past few months, this film may very well be a defining critical moment in President Trump’s tenure.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power will be released in select theaters on July 28, and released everywhere on August 4.
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