A coming of age story of a teenage environmental leader facing the threat of climate crisis while completing high school
A character-driven documentary chronicling 16-year old Rebecca Hamilton and friends, as they lead the youth to take over the streets of Vancouver as part of the largest intersectional climate protests in history. Employing a vérité approach, we will take the audience inside the lives of Vancouver’s next generation of climate leaders as they engage in necessary conversations with adults who support and disagree with them. The film will dive into the emotional journey of what it’s like to come of age at an urgent time, where science states that the future of our planet is in danger and the next 11 years are crucial to prevent a breakdown. How do the youth balance the final year of high school with the impending doom they feel threatening their future?
Our team is made up of multi-talented filmmakers with a broad range of experiences, from cinematography, to editing, to directing and sound design.
16-year old climate leader, Rebecca Hamilton, is the main subject of the film. In addition to juggling high school homework and university applications, she is the lead organizer in a youth-led movement to strike for the climate. Rebecca has been interviewed by the top media sources across Canada. She has given speeches at city hall and organizes many environmental efforts. The film will embed itself into Rebecca’s life, witnessing her navigate grade 12 while fighting for the future of the Earth and emerging as one of Vancouver’s up-and-coming climate leaders. Photo Source: CCL News
Born-and-raised Vancouverite and best friend to Rebecca, Maya Mersereau-Liem is a grade 11 student passionate about the climate and the arts. She is adept at organizing and has been coordinating climate strikes and events since the start of the youth-led movement. Maya also plays flute, violin, sings in two choirs and will be running for music council president at her high school.
Naia is a grade 11 student passionate about building justice-based and intersectional movements. She co-runs a few social justice clubs at her school—the Youth Feminist Association, and Kitchen on a Mission. Naia is also a book enthusiast with a love for reading and storytelling.
17-year old Asha is in grade 11 and considered to be one of Canada's top 10 environmentalists under 25. She was selected as a youth panelist at a roundtable conference with Dr. David Suzuki as part of the 2017 Planet In Focus Film Festival. She is a competitive public speaker and an active member of her school's debate and environmental clubs. Asha has a brown belt in martial arts and loves to play piano, flute, and drums.
Harrison is a recent graduate from the Vancouver Waldorf School. He has a love for nature, having cleaned up beaches in Thailand and spends his spare time backpacking in BC's wilderness. As one of the few men and boys at the centre of the climate movement, this demonstrates how the role of masculinity is changing in the leadership of young people.
Carissa is a fifth year UBC marketing student. She has a deep love and care for nature and supports the movement in a logistics/advisory role as well as social media. Most of her spare time is devoted to sustainability work and outside of that, you can find her working out, doing yoga, or petting cute dogs.
17-year-old Salwa is passionate about climate change. Her interests include watching documentaries and YouTube, writing pretty notes, and community involvement. She is the president of Free the Children Club at her school. Salwa was a speaker and helped to organize the March 15th climate strike.
There is a global movement of youth skipping school to strike for the climate. We will closely follow the Vancouver youth organizing their local #YouthClimateStrike, filming the rally from the inside out.
The story will be told through the eyes of a few main characters, with the film plot focused on the personal and emotional journeys of these future climate leaders. Rebecca's photo source: CBC Radio-Canada.
With a team experienced in submitting and delivering to film festivals globally, we plan on applying the film to the best film festivals, with a special focus on the documentary circuit.
With millions of students joining the “School Strikes for Climate Action” worldwide, the film will be a relevant source of content for an increasingly growing number of people.
The film will be available for public screenings at schools and community centers, helping people to engage in conversation about the climate crisis.