CharlestonGOOD Film Festival Available Online!

Hey folks,

If you missed our film festival/ launch event on March 2, don’t feel bad. Feel GOOD.

You can now watch the films online, and share them with your friends.

THANKS: to the Global Oneness Project and the Charleston County Public Library for partnering with us on this great event, and to Metanoia, Fields to Families, Charleston Friends of the Library,and Chicora Place Community Garden for sharing resources.

THE FILMS:

THE PEOPLE”S GROCERY [9 min]
In Oakland, California, where liquor stores have replaced markets, the People’s Grocery helps residents build healthy connections to food, the land and each other. Co-founder and Executive Director, Brahm Ahmadi, speaks of our nation’s co-modification of food resources and some of the important steps we can take to restore food justice and rebuild the fabric of our communities.

A GAME FOR LIFE [18 min]
Nolusindiso “Titie” Plaatjie knows that soccer can help kids “stay away from things that could destroy their lives” because that’s just what it did for her. “In a Game for Life”, we are taken to the soccer fields in the poor neighborhood of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where provincial soccer star, “Titie,” works with an innovative soccer program to educate local youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.

THE GREENHOUSE PROJECT [5 min]
In the inner city of Johannesburg, people are being reminded of what they used to know – how to grow food, build shelter, and deal with their waste. This is the work of Dorah Lebelo, Executive Director of the GreenHouse Project, which applies a holistic approach to the city’s challenges, integrating green building and design, efficient and renewable energy, recycling and organic farming and nutrition.

UBUNTU [8 min]
“I am because you are,” is the deep meaning of Ubuntu, a traditional African philosophy recognizing the shared essence within humanity and life. In this film, we visit Dorah Lebelo and the GreenHouse Project, Credo Mutwa, the great Zulu traditional healer and teacher, and the forem Deputy Minister of Health, Nozizwa Madlala-Routledge, to learn more about this fundamental understanding of life and its ramifications on how we treat each other, ourselves, and the earth.

PERMACULTURE 101 [4 min]
At the Commonweal Garden in Bolinas, California, amongst planters and pickers, Penny Livingston-Stark invites us to join the “huge conversation” of agriculture that includes topics ranging from economy and ecology to identifying and meeting our true needs. Founder of the Permaculture Institute of Northern California, Penny gives us a primer on permaculture and its many contributions to a sustainable future.

SEVA CAFE: LOVE ALL, SERVE ALL [4 min]
Seva, or service, is the selfless giving of oneself for the betterment of others and the world around us. At Seva Cafe, the concept of service takes the form of a “pay it forward” restaurant, where every meal is cooked and served with love, and all customers are treated like family.

NOT JUST A PIECE OF CLOTH [7 min]
Not one strip of cloth is wasted at Goonj, a volunteer-run urban recycling center in New Delhi, founded by Anshu Gupta. In this film, Gupta shows how Goonj recycles garments to provide clothes, schoolbags, sanitary napkins and other amenities for India’s poor. He offers a heartfelt appeal for all of us to be mindful of the unused clothing taking space in our closet right now, and to recognize what a treasure it could be for someone in need.

KNOWING HOW TO NURTURE OURSELVES [4 min]
Stephan Fayon, director of an international seed bank in Auroville, India, explains how preserving the diversity of seeds insures against the breakdown of large-scale industrial agriculture. Today the supermarkets in the developed world are full; but if unsustainable systems of agriculture collapse, will we know how to nourish ourselves?

ONENESS IS ABUNDANCE [6 min]
L.A. based community activist Orland Bishop explains how the American economic system that assigns value to competition and scarcity of resources undermines oneness, which is inherently relational and abundant. Although the capitalist system as a whole resists investing in human development, people can create new systems that reinforce each individual’s value instead of encouraging struggle and competition by making alternative agreements based on collective inspiration.

LIVING SERVICE [17 min]
Jayesh Patel, founder of the Indian NGO Manav Sadhna, walks us through the vast slums of Ahmedabad, showing us how Gandhian principles inspire the organization to help women and children living in poverty. Jayesh explains that the world has enough good ideas and what’s really needed is for all of us to commit to one another through humble service.

A THOUSAND SUNS [28 min]
A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world’s untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.

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