3 user 42 critic

How to Change the World (2015)

In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world's imagination. Using never before seen archive that brings their extraordinary world to life,... See full summary »


Jerry Rothwell


Jerry Rothwell

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

Sustainable (2016)
Documentary | History | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

America is facing a food crisis driven by profitability and a lack of consumer education. While the window to transforming our heartland continues to shrink, passionate individuals have ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Wechsler
Stars: Marty Travis, Dan Barber, Rick Bayless
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Two disillusioned workers at a rubber company try to make a difference in the world but have to resort to less ethical methods when the world won't cooperate.

Directors: Ian Kline, Neil Weakland
Stars: Michael Rosinsky, Pakob Jarernpone, Peter Lawson Jones
Mission Blue (2014)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Feature documentary about legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, and her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries.

Directors: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens
Stars: Barbara Block, James Cameron, Michael deGruy
Chasing Coral (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Director: Jeff Orlowski
Stars: Andrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, Neal Cantin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An indigenous environmental activist takes on the large businesses that are destroying the Amazon.

Directors: Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

There's one thing milk stands for - health. It's seen as natural and nutrient-rich. But is it really that healthy? We set out to take a critical look at the milk system. Along the way we'll... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Pichler
Stars: Karim Cherif
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Leeson
Stars: David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle, Ben Fogle
Chasing Ice (2012)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski
Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos
Donor Unknown (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

JoEllen Marsh is 20 years old, and has never met her father. As she goes in search of her paternity, her path to Donor 150 becomes an exploration into identity and the complex permutations ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Rothwell
Stars: JoEllen Marsh, Danielle Pagano, Fletcher Norris
Terra (TV Movie 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A visually stunning documentary that reflects human's relationship to other species on Earth as humanity becomes more and more isolated from Nature.

Directors: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Michael Pitiot
Stars: Vanessa Paradis
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.

Director: Jason Cohen
Stars: Rod Canion, Jim Harris, Bill Murto
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Alice von Gwinner
Stars: Klaus-Peter Grap, Lena Krimmel


Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hunter Robert Hunter ... Himself (archive footage) (as Bob Hunter)
Patrick Moore Patrick Moore ... Himself
Paul Watson ... Himself
Rex Weyler Rex Weyler ... Himself
Jim Bohlen Jim Bohlen ... Himself (archive footage)
Irving Stowe Irving Stowe ... Himself (archive footage)
Ben Metcalfe Ben Metcalfe ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Darnell Bill Darnell ... Himself
John Cormack John Cormack ... Himself, owner of Greenpeace's first boat (archive footage)
Rod Marining Rod Marining ... Himself
Myron MacDonald Myron MacDonald ... Himself
Paul Spong Paul Spong ... Himself
Bobbi Hunter Bobbi Hunter ... Herself
David Garrick David Garrick ... Himself, alias Walrus Oakenbough
Ron Precious Ron Precious ... Himself


In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world's imagination. Using never before seen archive that brings their extraordinary world to life, How To Change The World is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Not Rated | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »


Canada | UK | Netherlands



Release Date:

9 September 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Greenpeace - Wie alles begann See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


On the Netflix version in the USA Leonardo DiCaprio is credited as an Executive Producer. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Impressive, impassioned documentary
3 April 2016 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

In the early 1970s, a group of activists, lead by the enigmatic Bob Hunter, got together and formed the Greenpeace movement, initially in response to President Nixon's testing of nuclear weapons on the island of Amchitka, but then interspersed with the opposition to whale poaching in the ocean, followed by the news of baby seal clubbing. The group formulated into a much larger organization, and conversely gained more discontent from the authorities, before internal fallout lead to each of them drifting their separate ways.

When you think of Greenpeace these days, it feels amalgamated with a bunch of other charities, of the type that those in town centres spring out and try to strong-arm you into signing up for. Being an environmentally themed charity, it lay the foundation for the term 'tree hugger' (which is even mentioned in the film!), used in a generally derogatory manner these days. But, in a time when it felt more rewarding to be in a group and try and do good for others rather than the self, this absorbing documentary highlights how these guys went about their endeavour.

Whatever your politics, you can't help but admire their tenacity, setting out as a group in their rickety little boat, risking life and limb to highlight the plight of those further down the food chain. They were a group of men (and women) sure of their convictions, with the idea, as the title implies, of changing the world, something that seems to have evaporated into apathy in this day and age.

Jerry Rothwell has tapped into a part of history that those with an interest in ecological matters and the environment could take some great things away from. ****

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed