This important 28 minute film, A Thousand Suns, tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world’s untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, has been criticized as “planned without African voices and imposing quick-fix technological solutions on complex and historically deep social issues. Specifically, that it will impose a regime in which farmers lose power over their own seeds and are forced to buy them back from large corporations year after year. This system may also contribute to the marginalization of women.”
The Global Oneness Project is responsible for this fine film. Global Oneness Project is also a digital, ad-free, bi-monthly magazine. Through stories, the GOP [not the Grand Old Party!] explores the threads that connect culture, ecology, and beauty. Their collection of films, photography, and essays feature diverse and dynamic voices from around the world. Through film screenings and educational materials, the Global Oneness Project “hopes to stimulate dialogue, support community engagement, and inspire action.” Their films explore fields such as health, sustainability, ecology, social justice, religious tolerance and more.
I believe that a spirituality which places a high value on an interconnected worldview is essential for global food justice and sustainability. What do you think?