1. HK Farm: Community


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    Creative farmers Michael Leung, Glenn Eugen Ellingsen, and Matthew Edmondson offer Hong Kong a sky-high solution: Follow these eco-minded city dwellers as they show you their beautiful rooftop farm, how they help nurture a community, and their vision of a sustainable food future. http://www.hkfarm.org -- a STYLO VISION film director / cinematographer / editor -- Thomas Lee second camera -- Season Xu sound -- Sam Ng additional video -- Glenn Eugen Ellingsen & Edwin Lee subtitle / translation -- Hedy Ting Bok theme song -- No End Of Possibilities by Dexter Britain https://www.facebook.com/stylovision -- CoSPACE CoCREATE series for PMQ x CoLAB

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    • Chatham-Kent Table 2014


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      Grown Here. Made Here. Served Here. www.cktable.ca Creative Director and Script Writer: Melinda Croft Director, Cinematographer, Editor, and Aerial DOP: Brent Foster Cinematographer: Gerald Mabee Aerial Pilot: Mark Poissant Voice talent: Glen Turner Producer/Audio: Tammy Foster Creative Support: James Rasmussen

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      • Field Notes: Monona County Fair


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        To launch the release of the County Fair Edition ( http://www.fieldnotesbrand.com/county... ), Field Notes takes a field trip to the Monona County Fair in Onawa, Iowa.

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        • Why I Farm: Mark Thomas


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          "I farm because I enjoy it. It's not about the money, it's about doing something you love. That's Why I Farm." - Mark Thomas, Princeton, Kentucky. Visit http://www.whyifarm.com and join Beck's Hybrids in honoring farmers.

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          • Life After Diamonds


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            'Life After Diamonds' highlights the destruction and challenges faced in mining communities in the post-war diamondiferous regions in Sierra Leone. Cooperatives in the Kono district are engaging in reclamation of wasted mining sites into agricultural productive land to create food security, encourage wider industry adoption of Corporate Social Responsibility and promote improved legislation. Shot in March and April 2009, 'Life After Diamonds' was created by Canadians Larissa Stendie and Sheryle Carlson, partnering with production team at the Environmental Foundation for Africa. For more info, please visit http://www.onesky.ca/ Contact Larissa Stendie at larissa.stendie@gmail.com if you would like to use the video About the Project: During the Civil War in Sierra Leone, international consumers were understandably horrified to learn that jewelry they had purchased as a symbol of their love may have come at such terrible human and environmental costs, and began to push for tighter restrictions in the trade and paper trail for diamonds. While the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme has helped facilitate this in many countries, in Sierra Leone very little has changed, for while the regulations and legislation are in place, very little enforcement or compliance actually occur. Some speculate that the nebulous nature of licensing, fees, and ownership is deliberate, as everyone from journalists and shopkeepers, to chiefs and mines officials seem to have artisanal diggers whom they marginally support on a subsistence basis. The lack of environmental legislation enforcement has consequently resulted in an increase in illicit diamond mining companies operating in the Kono District. There has been controversy between mining companies and local residents resulting in new negotiations. Given this, there is potential to improve environmental policy and corporate responsibility. Ultimately, land reclamation should be carried out by the mining company or miners. Since the war, there have been mass migrations of youth into the city of Freetown, decimating the rural farming populations who were feeding the nation, and causing major destruction to the Western Peninsular Area and health concerns as so many vie for scant resources such as fuel wood and water. Since 2002 there have been numerous periods of soaring prices on basic food stuffs such as rice, which used to be locally produced but are now being imported. Thus the food security of this incredibly fertile nation has been compromised for low quality at high costs. Agriculture in the Kono District has been devastated by indiscriminate extraction of diamonds during the civil war. This practice continues today as foreign companies and local miners vie for diamond mining rights. The landscape is altered significantly in this process, and the productive top layers of soil are lost as they are buried under gravel and mining debris. In addition, local streams and rivers become polluted with sediment and ground water levels are altered, compromising local fish and freshwater habitat. As small scale alluvial and artisanal mining continues in the Kono district, it is becoming less and less productive. The effects of this are threefold: mining must be deeper and on a larger scale to access deposits not yet mined-out, creating more destruction and forcing out artisanal miners; diggers begin to look for other livelihoods, such as agriculture; and because mining companies are the only ones capable of working these deposits, they create heavier impacts but are more clearly responsible for the recovery efforts. Promoting agriculture on previously mined areas will also limit encroachment into forested regions and shelter endemic species and local biodiversity. The refilling of pits protects fresh water and ground water sources by reducing erosion and siltation of streams. It also benefits communities as it can minimize health concerns such as stagnant water, drownings, and breeding of mosquitoes in unfilled pits. Land reclamation is beneficial to communities as it can be useful in asserting solutions for social development issues such as eradicating extreme hunger and poverty by providing more land for food production and alternative livelihoods. This video is copyleft. We do ask that it remain in context for which it was intended. .

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            • The Keralan cowboy


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              It was a friend of mine, Loren who runs ‘A growing culture’ in the US who told me about Chandran Master. I was sent a link from the Hindu about this old Keralan ex English teacher who had decided to collect indigenous Indian cows so that future generations could see what India once had. He reminded me of Natabar Sarangi, the rice seed farmer from Odisha, both retired teachers who understood how much their lives and environments were changing, and wanted to do something about it. According to the article, breeding these indigenous cows is illegal unless you have a licence from the government. There seems to be a very conscious move, as with all other forms of agricultural bio-diversity, to destroy much of what has always existed and replace it with inferior foreign imports. It seemed like a good story, Chandran Master a good subject and the monsoon seemed to be a good time to shoot. Although it rained from morning till noon then all through the night, the light was just perfect. From morning to dusk the light was rich and diffused and stable to work in… between the downpours. Chandran Master was everything I had imagined, bumbling, emotional, intelligent and passionate. Dressed in his white Mundu, he would wonder aimlessly around his cow sheds and gardens mumbling about government policy and the importance of bio diversity while ripping off Papaya leaves to feed his fish or shout an order to his old school friend Thomas, who seems to do all the work around the farm. Chandran has been collecting cows for about 24 years. He began collecting because he was shocked at the rapid decline of local species within his area. The Vechur cow from Kerala is the smallest cow in the world and very much his favourite. At just 82cm (32”) high, this cow needs almost no attention or food; it just wonders around the fields and gardens happily munching its way through almost anything, then returns at night. Early the next morning it will give you a couple of litres of ‘medicinal milk’ for tea and breakfast. It is Chandran’s belief that what we are about to lose in India will have a profound effect on the future health and wealth of India. The very symbol of Indian cultural and spiritual life is disappearing in the space of just one generation while a system of monetary-motivated policies are actively discriminating against small farmers in India. The problem, Chandran argues, is that if small farmers were supported by government, then their cows could produce more than enough milk, not only for Indian consumption but also for export. The yields are lower than they should be because the cows do not have access to enough food or water. The mighty Gir cow of Gujarat is the perfect example. This indigenous cow has produced record amounts of milk (up to 62 litres of milk a day) but this is not in India; this is in Brazil where this high yielding cow is now imported and treasured by local farmers. Across the whole of south America, the Gir cow is favoured over hybrid varieties because of their lactation period and ability to withstand most environments. As with almost all agricultural policy throughout the world, it seems that life-changing decisions are being made based purely on profit. Once again, detached academics, policy makers and economists seem determined to destroy what has taken many thousands of years to develop. We have moved from a food system totally in tune with our life-giving environments to one based on systems that destroy and harm human health, our environment and our future of food sustainability. Produced by Roanna Rahman http://roannarahman.com/ Music by Gary Reuben Morris http://hoorayface.bandcamp.com/ Links http://devinder-sharma.blogspot.in/2012/07/brazil-is-biggest-exporter-of-indian.html http://www.tehelka.com/the-desi-cow-almost-extinct/ http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/columns/sainath/holy-cow-small-is-beautiful/article2775282.ece

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              • via satellite: agrikulturen


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                we do love satellite footage and the stories coming with these pictures. in a new video series for zeit online, we want to show some of the most interesting and beautiful satellite pics we stumbled upon. if you are hooked to the space view as much as we are, this is for you. ambient tracks by german net label stadtgrün http://www.stadtgruenlabel.net

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                • Concepts of equality


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                  It seems so very strange the way our food systems have mutated over just the last few generations. From being something that was so central to our lives, our environment, our cultures and our individual identities, food has, like so much else in the world just become another commodity. Although almost all trace of our once rich food heritage has disappeared with the growth of homogenized global mega cities, it is still not difficult, if you look, to see systems that still maintain the essence of what our food systems once looked like and should look like. Once again I found myself at the beautiful Golden Temple in Amritsar and once again found myself shooting food at the temple. But this time it wasn’t Langar and the huge food halls that feed thousands of people every day for free, this time it was something a little more specific, Karhah Prasad. I was not so interested in the process of this rather strange food made from just wheat flour, sugar, ghee (clarified butter) and water but more in the philosophy and reasoning behind this offering, the symbolism that is so very much part of Sikh religion and culture. As always, the Sikh community and the officials at the temple were amazingly accommodating, taking us in and doing everything they could to make our life as easy as possible. The first night we spent in the kitchen as they began to prepare the first batch of Prasad. (it is only Karhah Prasad once it has been divided by the sword) Massive steal vats, spotlessly clean sit on huge burner that raw like jet engines, the smell of burning ghee and a haze of flour dust fills the room as men open family size tins of flour, ghee and sugar. One by one the ingredients are mixed, then once the temperature is right, the water is added, sending plumes of scented steam into the air. This is the simple yet apparently complex (it’s all in the timing) method of making the most sacred foods of Sikh religion and culture. The philosophy behind it comes from Guru Nanak, who founded Sikhism in the late 15th century and embodied the basic principles of Sikhism… equality. By using equal amounts of each ingredient, then blessing it and sharing it equally, this simple offering represented to people the message of equality of both men and women, a message the world seems to have forgotten, not just in the east but in the west too. The three ingredients were at one time sourced from local families who farmed the Gurdwara’s surrounding lands. They would donate them as part of their Dasvand, which literally means, one tenth. Whether financial, agricultural or as service to others, all Sikhs believe that one tenth of everything we have to give should be shared with those less fortunate than us. But all this has now changed and as with so much in our physical and psychological systems, it has become more about business than charity and with the feeding of so many pilgrims every day, it is only the large factories that are able to keep up with the huge demand. The romantic vision of local farmer supplying the best quality organic ghee, flour and sugar have now all but disappeared as Punjab continues to develop more and more along the lines of western cultures and economic paradoxes. In the flatness of the Punjabi agricultural landscapes and the middle of the madness that is Amritsar stands one of the most beautiful buildings in India and in it, preserved for generations are philosophies and teaching that should remind us of where we have come from and where we need to go. But with the constant and growing noise from the traffic horns and radio’s surrounding the temple, I feel the message is becoming increasingly less audible. With thanks to: Garry Morris for the music at http://hoorayface.bandcamp.com Simran Sethi who I worked with on this project http://simransethi.com and Alok Gupta for working so hard in organising and translating everything.

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                  • Maydoum [short film, 2010]


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                    "A poised and elegantly executed ensemble piece of understated, emotionally-nuanced brilliance." (Rotterdam Film Festival Guide) SYNOPSIS When he hears his cousin is to sell their grandmother's land, Sharif gets on the first plane to Cairo. On arrival, he finds himself faced with old arguments and new decisions in a changing country. Shot over 2009 in Cairo and London, Maydoum stars Khalid Abdalla (the Kite Runner, Green Zone) in an original screenplay by best-selling novelist Ahdaf Soueif. CAST Khalid Abdalla | Salma Said | Mahmoud Hamdy | Cressida Trew | Directed & Produced by Omar Robert Hamilton Screenplay Ahdaf Soueif & Omar Robert Hamilton Cinematography Mahmoud Lotfy, Brian Fawcett Montage Ahmad Abdalla, Colin Campbell Music Omar Fadel Production Managers Salma Soueif, Alice Caronna Full cast & crew http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1604074/ FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS Dubai Detmold Adana National Geographic: All Roads Rotterdam BBC Arabic: Cinema Badila Goethe Arab Shorts

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                    • An Agricultural Future?


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                      A film about India's agriculture, current issues and the possible future, about where we need to go if we want to work with the environment and create food sustainably. A big thank you to Jason Taylor for all the help and guidance.

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