Youth V Gov

Youth V Gov

Directed by Christi Cooper

Photo credit: Robin Loznak


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Premiered at DOCNYC film festival on November 11th, 2020

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman - Cleveland International Film Festival

Impact Award for Feature Film - EarthxFilm

Big Sky Centerpiece Film - Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Opening Night Film - DC Environmental Film Festival

YOUTH v GOV is the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government. Armed with a wealth of evidence, twenty-one courageous leaders file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government, asserting it has willfully acted over six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, they will change the future.

The Academy and Emmy award-winning film team behind YOUTH v GOV has decades of experience in bringing social and environmental justice stories to the screen. With a focus on tangible impact, they aim to not only amplify the voices these youth plaintiffs in their fight for a just and livable world, but also to amplify youth around the country (and globe) in that work. The YOUTH v GOV impact campaign shines a spotlight on the U.S. government’s historical role in creating the climate crisis, and activates audiences to hold their governments accountable to protect and secure a sustainable future. YOUTH v GOV provides a powerful opportunity to educate and activate audiences about their rights - and what they can do to defend them, making connections between government responsibility, our constitutional rights, and the importance of citizen democracy.

Executive Producers: Jody Allen, Ruth Johnston, Rocky Collins, Linda A. and David J. Cornfield, Jannat Gargi, Heather Smith, and Tiffany Schauer

Producer/Director: Christi Cooper

Producer: Olivia Ahnemann

Co-Producers: Liz Smith and Dennis Aig


Vulcan Productions Inc.

The Schmidt Family Foundation

Nia Tero

The Redford Center

The NY Community Trust


The Solidaire Network

The Jacob Burns Film Center


The Lampert Byrd Foundation