CULTURE

Al Gore’s documentary on climate change at GAIA

The first major event on the environment the Goulandris Natural History Museum has scheduled for the new year is Al Gore’s much-debated documentary «An Inconvenient Truth.» The former US vice president’s film, directed by David Guggenheim, was a great success when it was screened during the 59th Cannes Film Festival last May. Gore has withdrawn from politics and despite a continuing interest in his activities, he is steadfast in his refusal to return. The 95-minute documentary has been seen at festivals around the world and Gore has toured his country as well as other parts of the globe from Hong Kong to Toronto, giving environmental groups a DVD of the film he narrated. The film, which exposes the exploitation of the planet by major industrial and other interests, has led to appearances by Gore on major networks on shows such as Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno and the «Today Show.» The screening at the Goulandris Museum’s GAIA Center for Environmental Research and Education tomorrow at noon will serve as the film’s premiere in Greece, arranged by the museum’s president Niki Goulandri, a personal friend of Gore and an avid supporter of environmental issues. «An Inconvenient Truth» refers to the greenhouse effect, the hole in the ozone layer, climate change, the melting of icebergs, typhoons and flooding that have becoming more frequent occurrences in many parts of the world. The documentary, the third-highest grossing film at the American box office, warns of the grim future in store for the planet – the «most terrifying» film anyone can see, according to critics. Nothing is more terrifying that the truth staring us in the face.