Voices Of Transition is the inspiring independent documentary film by Nils Aguilar, highlighting alternative methods of food production and the ideology behind the transition movement.
Having already enjoyed success in its native Germany, the film has gone on to receive global applaud, even winning the main prize at Bratislava’s Ekotop Film Festival in 2012, which specialises in international sustainable development films.
More importantly the documentary’s legacy has led to many local sustainable projects being formed throughout Germany and beyond. Now those behind Voices Of Transition hope to spread the word further by releasing the DVD to English speakers.
The first third of the film focuses on the global issues that arise from the current accepted way of food production, backed up by some pretty hefty figures, major research and shocking statistics.
The documentary reveals the major problems within the current model. For instance, how production and transportation is emitting massive levels of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change and the dangerous reliance on an unsustainable oil supply.
On top of this, the monopoly of biotech giants in the food industry means more often than not profits are put before the price of society and nature, leading to food poverty and food insecurity as well as a lack of biodiversity.
Ironically, the film proves that innovation doesn’t always mean hurtling towards the future at a dizzying pace, taking time to learn from the past and nature itself seems to be the way forward in this example.
From traditional mixed farming techniques in France, to agroforestry and community action in the UK, the film provides many tangible and sustainable alternatives.
Interestingly, the filmmakers look to Cuba as a key example. The collapse of the Soviet bloc meant the island reached peak oil and was forced to reorganise and localise the food system. It is now close to becoming self-sufficient.
The documentary focuses on concrete solutions to the food insecurity challenges we increasingly face. Relying on the wonders of nature to show it is possible to create thriving and diverse food systems that are self-sufficient and completely removed from our vulnerable oil dependency.
The film also explores the transition movement in some depth. Transition towns all around the world, of which there are more than 1100, are aiming to become as self-sufficient as possible, relying on their own resources to produce food and energy that is local, sustainable and more fair.
A happy bi-product of the movement is an increased reliance on neighbours, harnessing community power and strengthening bonds between different levels of society. Simple initiative such as organic veg box schemes and community allotments mean that sustainable food is affordable and accessible to all.
To learn more about the film and the transition movement please visit the Voices Of Transition website.