Youth v Gov


Cowell Theatre Fri, Sep 7, 2018 10:00 AM
Cowell Theatre Fri, Sep 7, 2018 12:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Christi Cooper
Premiere Status:Work-in-Progress
Topic:Climate Action
Youth Empowerment
Running Time:90 min.


This event is now full. (The wait-list is also full).

Please check out the many other programs in this year's festival, Sept 6-14, all of which are free to youth and students.

For information on future Schools Programs at Green Film Fest, please sign-up here.

Youth v Gov takes an intimate look at a group of youth plaintiffs, ages 10–21, as they embark on the groundbreaking—and possibly most important—climate change litigation of the 21st century. A modern David vs. Goliath story, the film follows their journey as they fight the US government and the fossil fuel industry to secure their legal right to a healthy atmosphere and a stable climate for not only their generation, but for generations to come.

This work-in-progress screening (the case is still in the courts, so production is ongoing) will feature a 20-minute sneak preview of the film along with a presentation by and discussion with the filmmaker and two of the youth plaintiffs, as well as local youth who are involved in climate change resolutions in the Bay Area.

Expected guests: Director Christi Cooper; Associate Producer, Liz Smith; film’s subjects/youth plaintiffs from Our Children's Trust: Kelsey Juilana, Kiran Oommen, Aji Piper.


Bring your class to this Green Film Fest free schools program at the Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason Center on Friday, September 7 at 10:00am or 12:00pm

This event is a great opportunity for young people Grades 5-12 to learn about current environmental issues, get involved in discussions, and meet filmmakers and youth activists. The program will open up discussions on climate, as well as civic process, ahead of the Governor’s Global Climate Action Summit (Sept 12-14).

The film & discussion program will last 90 minutes. A limited number of buses are available for transportation to/from the venue.

Students will also have the option to visit the spectacular COAL+ICE climate change photography exhibit, also at Fort Mason Center. Tickets for this exhibit are complementary. (More details available soon).

Please complete this short survey to request tickets, find out more about the program, or have questions about bringing a group of your students.


This program is made possible with generous support from:

Lampert Byrd Foundation


Christi CooperChristi Cooper is an Emmy-award-winning cinematographer with an MS in Microbiology, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and a MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. She co-created TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery, a documentary series featuring youth plaintiffs suing their state governments over climate change, with WITNESS, a social justice/human rights organization focused on using film for social change. Her many film awards include a Wildscreen Panda Award for Best Campaign Film.