September 22nd, 2017 7:00 PM
FILM: Abundant Land: Soil, Seeds, and Sovereignty
  • Abundant Land is a 60-minute documentary which follows a group of Hawaiian residents on the island of Moloka’i as they oppose the biotech industry's use of their land to test genetically engineered seeds and work to restore an integrated food system based on ancient Hawaiian farming practices and permaculture.

    After the film screening, there will be a discussion with Andrew Faust from the Center for BioRegional Living and the film’s director, Natasha Florentino. Andrew will speak about the practice of permaculture, how it can be used in an urban environment and how it addresses the major social justice and environmental issues of our times from a whole systems perspective. He will also talk about his up and coming New York City Permaculture Design Certification Course 2017 which begins in October.

    Natasha will be taking questions about the film from the audience and will share her experience of making the documentary.

    Andrew Faust is the director and founder of the Center for BioRegional Living with locations in Brooklyn and Ellenville, NY. He is one of the premier Permaculture teachers and designers in North America with over two decades of experience in the field. His passionate and visionary presentations and curriculum have inspired and motivated teachers, students since his days as a high school teacher at an open community free school which he graduated from in 86' in Glenmoore, PA.

    Natasha Florentino is an independent documentary filmmaker and the director of Abundant Land: Soil, Seeds, and Sovereignty. In 2008 she co-directed and co-produced Rezoning Harlem a documentary about the opposition to the NYC rezoning of 125th street. The film was used as an educational and community-organizing tool throughout New York City. Rezoning Harlem was screened at the Maysles Cinema, various public venues, gentrification symposiums, film festivals and throughout university classrooms in NY.

    Natasha has spoken at numerous community screenings, Q&A’s, events and conferences. She is passionate about getting to the root of social inequalities and is always eager to share her experiences as a documentary filmmaker. In 2012, Natasha received her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College (CUNY) with a specialization in documentary film.


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