Afristar Foundation has been producing inspiring and innovative educational Documentaries and web media since 2009 as part of our communication strategy to promote Regenerative Futures and stimulate discussion on alternative policies for African development.
The documentaries highlight the opportunities that stem from a holistic development framework based on Africa’s abundant, yet often neglected and ignored, natural resource base and natural wealth.
Our hope is to reawaken a culture of working the land and working with nature that has been lost, and to present sustainable, common sense alternatives to complement the current development paradigm, and thus to mobilise our youth to participate in creating a new world.
If you would like more information or are interested in partnering with Afristar to create new documentaries or other media projects, contact us here.
Perma Kultcha is an informational and educational documentary about permaculture in South Africa. The film showcases permaculture initiatives from around the country, from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Kwa Zulu Natal to the Klein Karoo, and reveals the diverse ways that permaculture is being applied in South Africa.
The film visits urban gardens, rural training centers, organic farms, schools-based permaculture projects, community environmental education initiatives, sustainable food markets, and more. Consulting with a range of South African permaculture experts and practitioners, the film demonstrates the many ways permaculture can be applied to address issues like food security, community economic empowerment, and climate change.
In this way, Perma Kultcha provides the a vision of how we can live in harmony with our environment, and build a sustainable South Africa
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
This educational documentary offers a step-by-step instructional on how to establish a permaculture garden at a school.
Incorporating testimonials and case studies from all over South Africa, the film shows how permaculture in schools can a) improve curriculum delivery & provide practical hands-on opportunities for environmental education b) provide fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables to supplement the school feeding scheme, improving meals, and boosting learner health & nutrition, c) invigorate school grounds, and thus children’s lives, with green, natural spaces, d) provide practical examples for sustainability for the immediate community and beyond.
The film showcases the work that SEED and FTFA are doing to bring permaculture into South Africa’s schools, and encourages this approach for all schools everywhere.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Narrated by WWF’s Sindiswa Nobula, Power to the People is a documentary showcasing alternative energy and appropriate technology applications in South Africa. The film focuses both on low-tech, small-scale solutions implemented on household and community levels, as well as large-scale national projects utilsing cutting edge innovations.
The documentary outlines the major alternative energy sources: solar, wind, water, biomass and human energy, and shows examples of on-ground applications: from solar water heaters made of recycled poly-tubing to wind farms that will supply entire regions with grid-tied power. In addition, the documentary explores a range of appropriate technologies relevant to the South African context, for household heating and cooling, alternative transport, greywater recycling, and more.
The aim of the film is to expose viewers to the range of sustainable energy options available to us, to promote behaviour change in regards to resource use, as well as to encourage innovation in ways that we can work with nature to provide for our needs without causing harm to the planet and to one another. The film is appropriate for a multi-level audience, ranging from primary school learners to working adults, from educators to businessmen and policy makers.
LET’S TALK REGENERATION WEB MEDIA SERIES
Let’s Talk Regeneration is a multimedia campaign and web discussion series that supports the creation of a Long-Term Regenerative Plan for South Africa. It is an invitation to dream and a call to action, awakening the more beautiful world we all desire.
HACK 4 WATER
A Regenerative design concept for sustainable water for all, forever in South Africa
THE PEOPLES PLANT
The film focuses on the modern uses of Cannabis and how this ancient crop has been reinvented to become a modern success story for agriculture, health care and economic development. We unpack and discover truths that have been proved in many parts of the world illustrating how Cannabis has become a wonder crop that can be grown on marginalised land with incredible results producing food, fuel, fibre, shelter, medicine, and creating unprecedented opportunities for rural regeneration.
This thought provoking story leaves the viewer wondering what is stopping South Africa adopting this plant as a unique mobiliser for job creation and a new value chain enabler to rapidly boost our shrinking agricultural economy.
Let's build a resilient society together
At Afristar, we understand the complexities of the African environment and specialise in restoration and resiliency solutions for each unique situation. We have developed cutting-edge and environmentally-focused strategies to help mitigate the effects of poor land use practice.