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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 Project encompasses a range of materials promoting “Conversations Worth Having” – developing the individual capacities to RESEARCH, REFLECT and RESPOND responsibly. 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

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

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

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

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

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

MOTHER OF ALL RIVERS

Narrated by Robert Redford, Mother of All Rivers illustrates how one person can affect extraordinary change. In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres rallied her indigenous Lenca people, waging a grassroots campaign to successfully pressure the world’s largest dam builder to withdraw from building the Agua Zarca Dam. In a country with some of the highest murder rates in the world, Cáceres’ victory to protect her sacred Rio Gualcarque, brought hope to activists fighting irresponsible development in Honduras and throughout Latin America. But Berta paid the ultimate price for defending the earth – as she was gunned down by four assassins while asleep in her bed.

Director: Will Parrinello
Producer: Will Parrinello

9 min
Latin America
Honduras
Languages: English

NOBODY DIES HERE

Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.

Director: Simon Panay
Producer: Simon Panay

24 Min
Sub-Saharan Africa
Benin
Languages: French, Fongbe
Subtitles: English

SIMA Classroom The Story of Stuff

THE STORY OF STUFF 

The Story of Stuff is a fast paced, fact-filled look at the often hidden underside of today’s globalized systems of production and consumption. It calls on viewers to help build a more sustainable, healthy and fair system.

Director: Louis Fox

21 min
North America
USA
Language: English
Subtitles: English

SIMA Classroom E-Wasteland

E-WASTELAND

Have you ever wondered what happens to your electronics at the end of their life? Almost 50 million tons of e-waste (electronic waste) is generated worldwide every year. A large volume of second-hand and condemned electronic goods arrive in developing countries from the “developed” world, with a significant quantity exported illegally as “second hand goods”. Without dialogue or narration, E-WASTELAND presents a visual portrait of unregulated e-waste recycling in Ghana, West Africa, where electronics are not seen for what they once were, but rather for what they have become.

Director & Producer: David Fedele

20 min
Sub-Saharan Africa | Oceania
Ghana | Australia
Languages: English, Local Ghanaian Dialect
Subtitles: English

SIMA Classroom Can't Hide Me

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

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

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

14 min
North America
USA
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

16/6

The terrible earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 resulted in the displacement of 1.5 million, a death toll of 300,000 human beings, and 10 billion m3 of debris from over 200,000 damaged buildings. What are the causes that enabled these catastrophic consequences? The 16/6 Project was created to support the rehabilitation with community participation of damaged and dangerous neighborhoods, and sought to improve living conditions by promoting the establishment of basic social services prioritized by the community.

Director: Nicolás Cuellar
Producers: Alejandro Pacheco & Jonathan Stack

35 min
Latin America
Haiti
Languages: French, Creole
Subtitles: English

SIMA Classroom First Period

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

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

Subtitles: Spanish

A NEW PATH

19-year-old Mukesh Rajak was born into a marginalized community in an impoverished region of rural India. His childhood was marked by discrimination and social exclusion due to his status as a dalit, a member of India’s ‘untouchable’ castes. But a chance opportunity to attend a nonprofit private school would lead Mukesh to find his voice as a community organizer and citizen journalist. Everyday he rides his scooter from village to village documenting negligence and corruption in his region’s school system, convinced that a proper education for every child is the key to transforming his community for the better.

Director & Producer: Gregory Walsh

27 min
South Asia
India
Languages: English, Hindi
Subtitles: English

SDGs Playlist

KAYAYO: THE LIVING SHOPING 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

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

SIMA Classroom What Would It Look Like

WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?

What if the world embodied our highest potential? What would it look like? As the structures of modern society crumble, where do we find solutions that can help us build the future that serves us all? This 25-minute Global Oneness Project film retrospective asks us to reflect on the state of the world and ourselves, and to listen more closely to what is being asked of us at this time of unprecedented global transformation.

Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

25 min
Global
Languages: English Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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