Hot Docs 2016 Review: How To Let Go Of The World: and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

In How to Let Go of the World, Oscar nominated director Josh Fox captures the realities of climate change through an emotional and personal lens. While this film may not focus on statistics and hard evidence, it makes up for it with compelling recounts of devastating environmental tragedies and how resilient communities have come back stronger than ever from them.

To say this film takes you on an emotional roller-coaster is an understatement. By the end of the first 60 minutes, Fox manages to do such a good job at making you feel hopeless that he intentionally added cat videos to act as a buffer for easing the viewer’s tensions. One would think that making a comeback from this level of despair would be impossible, but the film teaches us that although our current environmental situation is not pretty, it can be one of our greatest agents for hope and bringing us closer together.

This documentary uses powerful imagery and experiences from across the globe to tell a different story about climate change; one that isn’t about environmental issues anymore, but where we as a global community are headed because of it and our opportunities for change along the way.

Annie Constantinescu is a Toronto-based business woman who enjoys a warm cup of coco as much as a thought-provoking documentary. As an aspirational activist, she constantly is looking for ways to improve the planet, and understand what the deal is with Pumpkin-Spice Lattes.

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