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HUMAN SUSTAINABILITY

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Our daily lives are marked by over saturation through media, mobile devices and fast paced information exchange. With a focus on the resilience of humanity, and the incredible value of being present in the moment, The Human Sustainability Series encompasses a range of materials promoting “conversations worth having”. The Human Sustainability playlist serves as a springboard for these conversations, illuminating diverse places and people whose stories remind us of the nuances that make up our common humanity.

 

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SUGGESTED FILMS

KAYAYO THE LIVING SHOPPING BASKETS

Kayayo means “girl-carrier” in the Ga language. In the capital of Ghana, 10,000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets – called Kayayo. This documentary is about Bamunu, an 8-year old girl who hasn’t seen her family since she was sent away from home two years ago to work as a Kayayo to support her family.
We follow her incessant longing to get away from the harsh markets, her journey back home and what awaits there.

Director: Mari Bakke Riise
Producer: Jørgen Lorentzen

2016 | 30 min
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Languages: Dagbani
Subtitles: English

SIMA Classroom Kayayo SDGs
SIMA Classroom From Gangs to Gardens

FROM GANGS TO GARDENS

Organic gardener and vegan chef, DJ CAVEM, is an award-winning international recording artist and activist who uses Hip-Hop culture to inspire young people to connect to the earth by teaching them how to grow food, and cultivate healthy eating habits. Through his lyrics and gardens, DJ CAVEM is planting the seeds of the food movement extending from his hometown of Denver, Colorado to across the globe.

Director & Producer: JLove Calderon
Executive Producer: Andy Averbuch

2014 | 14 min
North America
USA
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

A TURN FOR THE BETTER

“Food is so fundamental to make a population a lot stronger and healthier. It is an axis that should not be neglected.”

In Bolivia, people eat poorly and more of the same. Local old grains as canuhua are about to be forgotten. Three women take a turn for the better…

This video was commissioned by Hivos and IIED for their programme “Sustainable Diets for All”. BRANDOUTLOUD travelled and worked in Bolivia. Portraying various Bolivians about why food diversity counts. These are their stories.

Directors: Judith Madigan and Mark van Luyk // BRANDOUTLOUD

2018 | 8 min
Latin America
Bolivia
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English

JUANITA

A glimpse into the everyday life of Juanita, a Mayan traditional doctor, midwife, nurse and activist. Leader of “The Awakening of the Women who Heal,” an organization of midwives in the Orient of Yucatan, Mexico. Juanita has dedicated her life to helping others with her gift for healing. The film follows Juanita as she redefines the meaning of ‘modern’ and ‘traditional’ medicine practices.

Director: Ximena Amescua Cuenca

2015 | 23 min
Latin America
Mexico
Languages: Spanish and Mayan
Subtitles: English

GIVING HOPE TO DRUG USERS IN MOSCOW

“People come here to inject because they can easily run away if the police show up,” says Vova, a street outreach worker with the Andrey Rylkov Foundation (ARF). There are many hotspots that outreach workers of the ARF visit every day to provide sterile injecting equipment, condoms and other forms of help for these young people. ARF is the first and only NGO distributing clean needles and syringes among injecting drug users on the streets of Moscow – with zero government funding and support.

Directors: István Gábor Takács & Péter Sárosi

2012 | 20 min
Eastern Europe
Hungary | Russia
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English

Subtitles: English

SIMA Classroom Giving Hope
SIMA Classroom Baseball In The Time of Cholera

BASEBALL IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

BASEBALL IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA is a powerful insight into the tragedy and scandal of Haiti’s Cholera epidemic through the eyes of a young baseball player.

Directors & Producers: David Darg & Bryn Mooser

2012 | 28 min
Latin America | North America
Haiti | Canada
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English

Subtitles: English

FIRST PERIOD: A FILM ON GREEN SCHOOLS

Targeted at students and teachers, this is a playful film that looks at education beyond the confines of a classroom. Children engage with the environment and have fun doing activities like composting, planting trees, recycling paper, learning about sustainable agriculture and water harvesting.

Director: Aditi Banerjee

2011 | 15 min
South Asia
India
Languages: Hindi, English
Subtitles: English

Subtitles: Spanish

SIMA Classroom First Period

AT HOME, IN BED, AND IN THE STREETS

From a small country with a revolutionary history, comes a compelling TV drama with a big vision. This documentary follows an inspiring Nicaraguan women’s rights group, Puntos de Encuentro, as it works to end sexual violence at home, in bed, and in the streets through a powerful blend of mainstream media and grassroots organizing.

Director & Producer: Liz Miller

2013 | 36 min
North America | Latin America
Canada | Nicaragua
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

CAN’T HIDE ME

Women and girls are often put down, silently, subtly. Bound by invisible chains in their homes, on the streets, in schools and public spaces. Always maintaining a low profile, always crushing their dreams. Is it possible for them to fight back? And what happens when they find the courage to do so? Parvati, Mallika and Heena haven’t met each other but they share more in common than you would think. For they are amongst those women who are taking extraordinary steps to reclaim the spaces that are rightfully theirs, fighting the often invisible barriers that keep women from freedom.

Director: Madhuri Mohindar
Producer: Rajiv Mehrotr, Public Service Broadcasting Trust

2014 | 26 min
South Asia
India
Languages: Hindi, Kannada, English
Subtitles: English

SIMA Classroom Can't Hide Me

DON’T COVER IT UP, STEP UP

The film is a public service announcement. The protagonist, a video blogger, teaches her fans in the video how to cover the bruises up with make-ups after being beaten by her husband. The story sees a twist as the husband enters the scene at the end of the video.

Directors: Huhe Yan & Qianyi Chen
Producers: Huhe Yan & Qianyi Chen

2016 | 3 min
Asia
China
Languages: Mandarin Chinese
Subtitles: English

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