The year 2034. The consequences of the climate catastrophe are dramatic. Drought and floods destroy the livelihoods of millions of people.
After the third storm tide in a row, the headquarters of the International Court of Justice has been evacuated. In a provisional interim building in Berlin, climate change and the ongoing catastrophe becomes the subject of legal proceedings.
Two lawyers represent 31 countries of the global South, which are doomed to destruction without the support of the international community. They raise questions of responsibility, demand compensation and a right of nature and integrity in order to ensure their own survival. High-ranking representatives from politics and industry are invited as witnesses.
The court must decide whether German policymakers are to be held accountable for their failure to protect the climate – and thus set a precedent for climate justice.
What the film is essentially aiming for is a diagnosis of the present, viewed through the flame gilt magnifying glass of the future. Director, Andres Veiel, and his co-author Jutta Doberstein decipher how political decisions based on lobbyism in our present and recent past are robbing the world of its future opportunities.