APRIL 27-28     DAVID BROWER CENTER • BERKELEY          |          APRIL 29 – MAY 1     SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER • SAN RAFAEL

Photos top to bottom: 1 & 3 © Tommy Lau Photography, 2 © Christopher Markisz

The Environmental Youth Forum (EYF) is an educational component of DocLands, offering a unique interactive learning experience for students in grades 1-12 that utilizes film to foster awareness and activism around a range of environmental and global issues, with an emphasis on innovations, solutions, and youth engagement. EYF programs are open to school groups only, and admission and bus transportation are FREE for all participating schools. 

Prior to the necessary school and theater closures, this year’s EYF was originally scheduled to take place over five days at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and the David Brower Center in Berkeley. It included the program of inspiring and enlightening films listed below along with a host of guest speakers, live presentations, and two special interactive spaces:

Active Cinema Room
A series of exhibits and hands-on demonstrations by local and regional environmental organizations with resources for students to engage directly with the issues they’ve learned about on screen. Grades 1–12

Immersive Media Studio
A selection of environmentally themed VR experiences and interactive web documentary projects for students to explore. Grades 6–12

We hope to share some, if not all, of these films and interactive experiences with our educational community once school is back in session this fall. To get on our mailing list for updates or to get your school involved, email [email protected].

2020 EYF FILM PROGRAM

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2040

Australia 2019, 92 min Director: Damon Gameau
Award-winning Australian director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and combat climate change. Structured as a visual letter to his four-year-old daughter, Gameau blends traditional documentary with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to artfully demonstrate how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations. Grades 6–12

AMERICAN INDIAN FILM INSTITUTE PRESENTS: OUR STORIES

Our community partners at the American Indian Film Institute have curated this powerful short film collection from their festival vault featuring animation, documentary, and music videos that highlight the stories and experiences of indigenous communities in North America and the environmental threats and challenges they are currently facing—and fighting. Grades 6–12

FILMS INCLUDE:
Children of the Dig (Joshua A. Branstetter, US 2019, 20 min)
Defend the Sacred (Kyle Bell, US 2017, 18 min)
I Tsuwa Sa Stsmàlt (Belongs to the Youth) (Joey Arseneau, Canada 2018, 15 min)
Mni Wiconi: Water Is Life (Miguel Antonio Genz & Jeremias Galante, US 2018, 3 min)
My Irnik (Matthew Hood & François Lebeau, Canada 2018, 16 min)
Sčədadxw (Salmon) (Adrian Baker, US 2017, 5 min)
Throat Singing in Kangirsuk (Eva Kaukai & Manon Chamberland, Canada 2019, 4 min)
We (by Thunderbirds Raised Her) (The Stylehorse Collective, US 2018, 4 min)

ANIMAL DUETS

This colorful collection of animated shorts features a variety of unique and unexpected animal pairings and partnerships, with meaningful messages about teamwork, cooperation, and the plight of marine life in our oceans.

FILMS INCLUDE:
The Fox and the Bird
(Directors Sam & Fred Guillaume, France 2019, 12 min)
The Fox and the Pigeon (Director Michelle Chua, Canada 2019, 6 min)
The Little Bird and the Bees (Director Lena von Döhren, Sweden 2020, 5 min)
Maestro (Director iLLOG!C, France 2019, 2 min)
Metamorphosis of a Bottle Cap (Director Kathryn Jankowski, UK 2019, 6 min)
The Snail and the Whale (Directors Max Lang & Daniel Snaddon, UK 2019, 27 min)
A Whale’s Tale (Directors Robin Celebi & Giovanna Utichi, UK 2019, 3 min)

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FORWARD: TOMORROW BELONGS TO US

France 2019, 84 min Director Gilles de Maistre
Meet seven young activists from around the world with the unwavering courage to transform our future. While vying for an international prize for his innovative recycling program, José guides us from his native Peru to introduce several pioneering kids from France, Bangladesh, Africa, the US, and beyond, demonstrating that you don’t need all the answers to fix a problem—just a brave first step. In French, Spanish, and English with English subtitles. Grades 4–8.

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GATHER

Australia 2019, 92 min Director: Damon Gameau
Award-winning Australian director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and combat climate change. Structured as a visual letter to his four-year-old daughter, Gameau blends traditional documentary with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to artfully demonstrate how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations. Grades 6–12

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JANE GOODALL: THE HOPE

US 2020, 88 min Directors Elizabeth Leiter & Kim Woodard
Jane Goodall: The Hope celebrates the vast legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall’s four decades of advocacy work for chimpanzees and illustrates the next chapter for generations to come. Picking up where the 2017 documentary Jane left off, this inspiring new film follows her throughout her travels, capturing her relentless commitment and determination to spread a message of hope. The film offers an intimate perspective of Dr. Goodall’s pivotal transformation from scientist to inspirational activist and shows the many obstacles she has faced throughout her career. Grades 5–12. 

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MICROPLASTIC MADNESS

US 2020, 78 min Directors Atsuko Quirk & Debby Lee Cohen
Microplastic Madness tells the story of 56 fifth graders from P.S. 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn—a community on the frontlines of the climate crisis, hit hard by Hurricane Sandy—whose actions on plastic pollution transform them into extraordinary leaders who achieve scalable victories. These feisty eleven-year-olds dive deep into the root causes of plastic pollution and take on the roles of both citizen scientists and community advocates. They collect local data, lead community outreach, testify and rally at City Hall, then turn the focus back to their school, taking decisive action on their own single-use plastic consumption. Grades 2–6. 

OUR STOLEN FUTURES

US 2020, 40 min Director Connie Field
For today’s youth and young adults, climate change is an all too clear and present threat to their lives and their futures. Yet they are no longer satisfied to let the adults run the show and are determined to make their voices heard. Desperate to channel their anger and despair into hope and change, many have joined the youth-led Sunrise Movement to initiate and engage in active protests and political actions. Our Stolen Futures follows three Bay Area young women as they lead the charge in confronting our political leaders and refusing to take no for an answer. Grades 6–12. 

SHOWN WITH:

Generation Green New Deal (work-in-progress preview screening)
With behind-the-scenes access to what many view as the greatest political movement in a generation, this documentary digs deep into the Green New Deal, a proposed package of sweeping social and economic reforms aimed at tackling climate change and economic inequality in one fell swoop. (Sam Eilertsen, US 2020, 25 min)

The Emergency Brake
Narrated and inspired by the powerful words of Greta Thunberg, this animated short film is a collaboration by students who are passionate about the state of their world and future. (Macy How, Canada 2019, 4 min)

PUBLIC TRUST

US 2020, 96 min Director David Garrett Byars
Despite support from voters across the political spectrum, our public lands face unprecedented threats from extractive industries and the politicians in their pockets. Part love letter, part political exposé, Public Trustinvestigates how we arrived at this precarious moment through three heated conflicts—a national monument in the Utah desert, a mine in the Boundary Waters, and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—and makes a case for their continued protection. Grades 9–12. 

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QUEEN WITHOUT LAND

Norway 2018, 70 min Director Asgeir Helgestad
The majestic landscape of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, is home to Frost, a polar bear mother, and her romping, rambunctious cubs, captured in affectionate and intimate detail by wildlife photographer and filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad. Over the course of four years, Helgestad tracks and documents the lives of the bears, as well as native foxes, reindeer, seals, walrus, birds, and blue whales—a breathtaking and beautiful ecosystem imminently impacted by rising temperatures and glaciers melting at record speed. In English. Grades 6–12. 

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A REINDEER’S JOURNEY

France 2019, 78 min Director Guillaume Maidatchevsky
Follow a young reindeer’s first year, filled with moments of wonder, struggle, and delight, as he navigates the icy landscapes of Lapland. Sharing the terrain are a wily stoat, a curious red-eared squirrel, and sharp-eyed wolves, in this snowy story narrated by Donald Sutherland. In English. Grades 3–6

Take a quick look at scenes from last year’s Environmental Youth Forum:

For more information, email [email protected]

ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH FORUM IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM:

NANCY P. AND RICHARD K. ROBBINS FAMILY FUND

THE HORACE W. GOLDSMITH FOUNDATION

RESONANCE PHILANTHROPIES