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As a multi-award winning filmmaker, with an education in Neuroscience and Microbiology and sixteen years in stem cell research in Sweden, Christi Cooper PhD has a passion for making the world a better, healthier place.

Join Lesley as Christi leads her through the journey of discovering the world of climate change. Through Christi’s story, you will receive an inside view of the courage demonstrated by those leading the charge for a commitment to change from the highest seats in, U.S. government, to include governments around the world. As Christi shares her journey, you will meet the youths who are courageously fighting for the life and wellness of the greatest female of us all. Mother Earth. Christi’s film that features the tenacity and struggles of these young advocates is titles, “Youth vs Gov.”

About Christi

An Emmy-award winning cinematographer with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and an MS in Microbiology, Christi communicates complex issues through storytelling and visual narrative to create human connection and impact around the most pressing issues of our time.

Christi left a successful academic and research career in Europe to obtain an MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking.

In 2011, Christi co-created Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery, a 10-part 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. She most recently directed and produced the feature documentary “YOUTH v GOV.”

Christi is first a proud and committed mother, as well as the inaugural SFFilm/Vulcan Productions Environmental Film Fellow and the first Jacob Burns Film Center Focus on Nature Artist-in-Resident.

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