I had the privilege of attending Rob Stewart’s new film, Revolution, last Wednesday evening at its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Revolution is the follow up to Sharkwater, his 2006 debut film, which is one of the highest grossing Canadian documentaries ever produced and has made Stewart a Canadian icon.
The film starts off with how Stewart came to make Sharkwater and his love of ocean wildlife, especially sharks, since childhood. But this film is not about sharks specifically. It’s about saving us, the humans; the very beings that are very quickly destroying the only home we have and killing all those that live within it. He points out that all 5 major extinctions that have happened in the Earth’s 3.5 million history all began with ocean and coral acidification.
The topics he covers are coal and ocean acidification, deforestation, the food crisis, overfishing of the oceans, the Canadian tar sands and the energy industry. This film is really a rally cry to citizens of the world to get involved. To demand change from their countries, and from their politicians.
He calls out politicians specifically in the film, travelling all over the world to various protests, rallies and government conventions on environmental policy. And he asks what kind of calamity has to happen in order for our politicians to incite change. According to Stewart, we don’t have much time. By 2048, our oceans will be overfished. There won’t be anything left. And if the oceans die, we die.
Staying true to the spirit of Sharkwater, he shows how imperative it is that young people are educated and that they get involved. He makes it simple with the analogy that if your peers are recycling you will be more inclined to recycle. The young people taking action in the film are truly inspiring and makes one question loud and clear, if they can do it, why can’t we?
Among the many admirable qualities about Stewart is that he is not out to make millions; he’s not out to win an Oscar. In fact, he’s never been to film school and still lives in Toronto, hanging out with his friends he’s known since high school. He wants to get the word out. He wants to start a Revolution.
He inspires change and action to all those that he touches, and now he is out to spread the word with his film. Revolution comes out in April 2013 on Earth Day. Help him spread the word. Help him change the world.