ABUNDANT LAND is a broadcast length documentary about a Hawaiian community’s efforts to heal their island from the ecological damage caused by industrial agriculture. Monsanto, Mycogen and Syngenta operate fields of experimental genetically modified seed crops on over 1200 acres of Moloka'i. These fields are using limited farmland and depleting fresh water while causing dust storms that spread unknown pesticides and contaminants onto neighboring schools, homes as well as the reef off shore. Community members are standing up to these large agro-chemical companies by demanding transparency and organizing for GMO labeling legislation in Hawaii.
The film follows dedicated residents as they collaborate with permaculture experts, like Geoff Lawton, to implement sustainable methods of restoring degraded lands to their prior fertility. ABUNDANT LAND introduces permaculture: a system of design that seeks to implement the patterns found in healthy natural ecosystems to create sustainable environments and communities. The documentary describes how permaculture can be used as a tool to repair damaged lands and grow food.
In the Hawaiian archipelago, Moloka'i is the fifth largest island and has the highest percentage of Native Hawaiians. Moloka'i is part celebrated and part reviled for being a hotbed of activism. For years, Moloka'i’s most passionate residents have fought to preserve Hawaii’s culture, land and history. They have struggled to prevent the over-development that has transformed parts of other Hawaiian islands into commercialized tourist playgrounds. Moloka'i’s activists participated in the Hawaiian Renaissance, helped obtain state constitutional protections for traditional subsistence rights and pushed to revive the Hawaiian language, nearly forgotten after years of being prohibited.
View this excerpt of the film where permaculture is introduced by one of the film's characters.
Here is a breakdown of the types of perks you will receive for your contributions.
NOTE: All photographs are limited edition, taken in Moloka'i and will be printed on archival Hahnemuhle fine art paper.
After selecting your contribution, click the following link to view the available photographs. abundantland.com/perks/
Director, Natasha Florentino
Producer & Photographer, Armen Zohrabian
Editor, Benjamin Moss
Associate Producer, Hannah Schulman
Motion Graphics Designer, Candice Aquino
To read more about the team and their background click on the following link. abundantland.com/team/
Where is your money going?
If we exceed our goal of $7,500.00, which we hope we can do, we will be able to move beyond completion and into distribution. If we raise $10,000.00 we will be able to enter the film into festivals, pay for BLU RAY DVD replication, and create an educational curriculum to accompany the film.
Risks and challenges
While we anticipate having a final cut by late Fall 2013, it's hard to accurately predict the final delivery date for a film. Clearing the rights to all material used in the film can introduce unforeseen delays. The post-production team is working diligently and will do our best to deliver by our estimated date. We will keep all of our backers informed via email on any changes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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