An Inconvenient Truth. 2006. USA. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. 35mm. 96 min.
In 2006—less than a year after the unprecedented destruction of Hurricane Katrina and just after the hottest year recorded to that point— An Inconvenient Truth was an unparalleled wake-up call. Perhaps the most widely consumed piece of media (the film is still among the highest-grossing documentaries) to alert the country to what was then called global warming, Al Gore and director Davis Guggenheim’s compelling distillation of decades of scientific research rang the alarm on the effects of climate change. Fourteen years after its release, Gore’s plea to address the climate crisis is indeed still a moral imperative—and, tragically, is even more dire. Winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.