At a meeting at the festival on Saturday, activist Greta Thunberg said that world leaders gathering behind her message on resolving the global climate crisis would rather take pictures with her than actively reduce environmental destruction.

“Nathan, the director, actually wanted to portray this celebrity culture we live in and it really shows how absurd it is,” Thunberg said, according to

Thunberg said this celebrity culture distracts from the environmental movement by excluding warnings from the scientific community.

“Instead of focusing on the climate and listening to the scientific message, people are listening and talking about me and the fact that they want to take pictures with me,” said the 17-year-old activist.

The documentary “I Am Greta” had its North American premiere on Saturday. Hulu’s production follows the teenager, from the strikes at the Swedish school to the position of star of the environmental movement.

Using her celebrity to persuade leaders to take action on climate change, Thunberg said posing with her for the press risks making them run away. “It seems much more convenient because if you pose with an environmental activist you say you care about the climate and you don’t have to do anything.”

She added that Grossman’s documentary should have focused less on her and more on the climate crisis. At the same time, Thunberg said that the film’s focus on it reveals how the problem of destroying the environment should not be personalized.

“It simply came to our notice then. It is too much a responsibility for people like us, and he shows how so much responsibility is on the shoulders of children. “

The “Water Walker” by James Burns, a portrait of 15-year-old Canadian activist Autumn Peltier, a member of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation in Ontario, which advocates clean drinking water for Indigenous communities around the world, was also screened in Toronto.

The 45th Toronto Film Festival was held between September 10 and 19, in hybrid format, with screenings in theaters for a limited number of people on the one hand, and conferences, Q&A sessions and gala moments , online, on the other hand.