Inhabit is a feature-length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues relating to how we design our gardens and farms, our homes, our energy systems, our economies, and ultimately, our culture. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what’s possible – what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.
Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices. During the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2013, film makers Costa Boutsikaris and Emmett Brennan documented over 20 sites in a range of rural, suburban, and urban environments. They explored a breadth of response to local and global challenges from issues of food, water, and medicine, to governance, economy, and culture.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will bring the issues closer to home – from how permaculture might be used to create thriving backyard gardens, to its broader application across local communities and its transformative impact overseas.
Watch the trailer here.
A bit about the panel speakers
Duncan Cocking is the owner/founder of the edible garden specialists Leaf, Root & Fruit. He is committed to reducing the impact of modern living on the environment and actively promotes a sustainable and organic approach to producing food.
Kat Lavers has taught permaculture and sustainability courses in Australia, Mongolia and Malaysia, coordinates the My Smart Garden program for Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong City Councils and is a volunteer coordinator of Permablitz Melbourne. She also helped set up theNorthcote Bulk Foods Coop and was involved in initiating Transition Darebin.
John McKenzie has been heavily involved in both Permaculture Australia and the Permafund. For much of the past 20 years he has worked in international aid and has supported the use of permaculture influenced activities in many projects. He has worked extensively with World Vision,Assisi Aid and the Australian Conservation Foundation. His major professional sectors have been in food security, natural resource management and water & sanitation.
The evening will be facilitated by Michelle Fisher, member of POW and the Permablitz Melbourne Collective. She is on the initiating groups forTransition Hobsons Bay and Transition Town Maribyrnong, and she coordinates the Melbourne Repair Café (Inner West). She is enrolled in VU’s Masters program for International Community Development.
Thanks for your support!
This event is open to one and all - please note that bookings are essential. It is being held at VU at MetroWest with the generous support of Victoria University. In order to cover the costs of hosting this and future screenings, a note donation would be much appreciated on the night.