Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SEEDS | Izimbewu | FILM Festival

The exciting SEEDS | izimBewu Film Festival will be happening in Howick over the long weekend, 21 – 23 March 2014, starting at 10h30 every day. The venue for the main events is the new conference centre at the Howick Hotel, 2 Main Street.

The vision of SEEDS is to draw on the wisdom from our past to build resilience for our future through thought-provoking films, keynote speakers, Ignite sessions, display stands, seed swops, live music, poetry, food, crafts and more. There will be a seed-sharing ceremony to commemorate the importance of seeds in sustaining life and the value of sharing seeds from different areas. Visitors from Venda, Thukela Ferry, Mnweni, the Transkei and the Wild Coast will swop seeds with local seed savers from Mphopomeni, Howick and Karkloof.

Each day has a different theme: 

Friday (Human Rights Day): 
Seeds of Freedom – organic food gardening/family farming/permaculture urban gardens; 
Saturday (World Water Day): 
Water of Life - water, dams, rivers
Seeds of Hope – cultural diversity and learning about the sacred places and their links to biodiversity.

The festival will also be showcasing some young local first-time filmmakers who have made short movies. A parallel event at Howick uMngeni Museum will screen interesting movies that could not be accommodated in the main programme. A small donation is requested. 

“The SEEDS | izimBewu Film Festival is destined to become an annual event that will put Howick on the sustainable living / community-driven map. Community is everyone who is prepared to contribute energy and enthusiasm into creating a better future for current and future generations. The process of putting together a 3-day film festival in 7 weeks has been so exciting, dynamic, diverse, creative and such fun. If this is what the new future is about, then bring in on!” 
- Sheila Berry, festival organiser

Details of the programme: seedsfilmfest.wordpress.com

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