Reviews and Festivals
"A must-see portrait of frontline communities and activists who gathered in Paris in December 2015, fighting for the strongest possible climate deal while fearlessly exposing its limits."
— Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine
"A multitude of viewpoints are presented which provide much food for thought and topics for discussion or further research...Useful in social studies, political science, and environmental science classes."— School Library Journal
"RECOMMENDED. Particularly poignant...Not Without Us
shows the power and importance of public engagement as humanity works to meet this threat with a similarly global resolution."— Science Books & Films
"RECOMMENDED. Decena's film offers an interesting look at outside forces trying to become equal partners in a process where their input is neither requested nor desired by the world's power brokers. The Trump administration's widely reviled decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Accords agreement makes this a highly relevant documentary."
— Video Librarian
"Sobering information but viewers may be inspired by supportive crowds who could follow up with pressure on their politicians and businesses for true sustainability."
— Library Journal
"For those of us concerned and engaged on the issue of climate change, it's increasingly clear that the political and economic changes required to solve the problem hinges on the will of the people. Not Without us serves as a masterful example of those who understand this and are leading the way.”
— Jamie Redford, Filmmaker, Redford Center Chairman and Co-Founder
"The film interweaves the personal stories and motivations of the activists portrayed, conveying to a broader audience why the call for deeper and far reaching change is not only necessary, but also humane."
— Festival Internacional de Cine del Medio Ambiente (FICMA)
"This film personalizes the issues of climate change...The film beautifully evolves in real time as real world events unfold around the director and his crew members...The film is inspiring and heart wrenching."
— San Francisco Green Film Festival
"Not Without Us
captures climate change as a matter of human rights, indigenous knowledge, economics, community and most importantly: the future...A stunning achievement in filmography...A startling reminder that effective action against climate change is a choice, and one that begins at the level of the individual."
— The Grassroots Journal
"Follows frontline activists as they fight to make us all give a damn, as well as face the fact that even things like the 2015 Paris climate agreement [...] don't do nearly enough to mitigate and reverse the damage."
— The Village Voice
San Francisco Film Festival, Green Tenacity Award
Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest / Human Rights Art & Film Festival, GoldOFFICIAL SELECTION
Climate Crisis Film Festival
San Francisco Green Film Festival
Justice Matters Program, Filmfest DC
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
Planet in Focus Film Festival
Festival Internacional de Cine del Medio Ambiente (FICMA)
Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest / Human Rights Art & Film Festival