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 Vanastree: Women of the Forest is a film about a womens seed-saving cooperative located in the heart of the Western Ghats mountain range in southern India. This area was designated as a biodiversity hotspot by UNESCO and there is a long tradition of small home gardens and farms in the region. The main goal of the cooperative of 150 women is to promote food security through the saving of hundreds heirloom seeds that are being lost throughout much of the continent due to monocultural farming.  The film seeks to share not only the larger issues and inner workings of the cooperative, but also the voices and perspectives of its members. This documentary film is 45 minutes long and is being currently shown at film festivals and sustainable farming events 


Beneath the Bodhi Tree is a film about the World Peace Ceremony held every year in Bodh Gaya, India. Thousands of Tibetan monks and nuns travel hundreds of miles to attend this event and to pray for universal peace and awakening. This ceremony, held for ten days beneath the sacred Bodhi Tree, has become an important catalyst for cultural revitalization and preservation. Now in its 24th year, it is one of the most beloved and widely attended annual events for Tibetans in exile.
               


Canopy Connections is a short award-winning documentary which takes a closer look at new and innovative outdoor learning environments for children. It follows the experience of middle school students as they embark on an adventure climbing high into the canopy of old growth forests while learning important lessons in ecology. This is also a story about how to enhance our education system through active outdoor learning programs which provide a fresh and important perspective for students. Being in touch with nature is especially important in the modern era when more and more children have been completely disconnected from natural environments.


Many female human rights activists that have rocked the world with their inspired visions of hope and equality. Rarely as well known as male counter parts like Mandela, King, and Ghandi, women such as Wangari Maathai, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Leymah Gbowee have nevertheless embodied bravery and become pivotal leaders for millions of people living in extremely oppressive conditions. By highlighting the compelling public speeches of these women and their impacts on the communities in which they live, this project explores the power of visionaries to uplift those around them. Viewers are immersed in each the story through the use of archival audio, video, and the written word on a dynamic multiscreen projection display.

    Through carefully planned timing, these staggered screens create a vignette which gives the audience a glimpse of the strength of these women in context. Hopefully this glimpse will prompt viewers to learn more about the women themselves, the conditions they are working in and the local and global human rights issues that affect us all.

 

 

The Rachael and Jackie Foundation's mission is to improve access, quality and relevance of education for youth in Central America.
Their vision is of a world where education nurtures leaders, inspires development of individual interests, fosters meaningful engagement with communities and increases access to economic opportunities. This 5 minute video highlights their unique community driven  methods for improving education in rural Nicaragua. 

http://www.raecheljackiefoundation.org/