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RAW: The Global Fight to Save Real Cheese
Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, History, Human Rights, Rural, Social Justice
A fight is underway to save the world's greatest traditional artisanal cheeses... and preserve a way of life almost as old as Western Civilization. "RAW: The global fight to save real cheese" is a multi-part documentary series that takes us into the lives of a handful of the world's greatest cheesemakers who - despite their wonderful products with reputations for excellence - are fighting for the survival of their livelihood and way of life. The series offers privileged access to the workrooms and homes of these passionate and driven characters. It's a sweeping story that plays against stereotypes. This isn't an old vs new story, with a simplistic 'the old ways are better' theme. It's much more nuanced and engaging than that, telling a story that is timely and important addressing themes of globalisation, industrialisation of agriculture and cultural heritage. Here are the facts: In the "Old World" of continental Europe some of the greatest and most celebrated cheeses are endangered and going extinct. Meanwhile in the "New World" of Australia, New Zealand and the US, artisanal cheese makers - inspired by ancient techniques - are creating entirely new products with new flavour profiles, in effect 'reinventing the wheel'. But they are confronting their own challenges, from regulators and the large manufacturers who are trying to "bottle farmstead magic". The series asks big questions: what can we as consumers do to preserve much-loved cheeses like Camembert? Can science save the traditional ways of life by providing sound scientific arguments for maintaining traditional work practices currently deemed unsafe by regulators? Or, is science going to find ways to produce cheese that is as delicious as traditional artisanal cheese, but at a lower price, and wipe out centuries of heritage and culture? Will the top New World Cheesemakers discover a way forward that might yet save the Old World Cheesemakers from cultural extinction?
A Dry Hope - Greening The World's Deserts
Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, Rural
Imagine if you could turn the world's deserts into forests? Imagine if you could transform long dried up rivers into free flowing clean water, transforming the landscape into a diverse ecosystem once more? Imagine...if you could reverse climate change. Contrary to popular belief about veganism, we can do all of this, just by using cattle and sheep. This film will shock, inspire and empower the world to make a change from conventional agriculture and to act on climate change, ultimately securing a safer future for us all. In a world of worsening droughts and extreme weather events...this inspiring film will move the world into action. Featuring television presenter Khory Hancock (Environmental Scientist and Documentarian), 'A DRY HOPE' will showcase real life examples of 'regenerative agriculture' in outback Australia and Africa. The film will show complete transformations of our deteriorated landscapes from desert to carbon and vegetation rich country - just by using different farming methods (while showing the science behind this). It uses methods that mimics nature and what has happened for thousands of years (simulates the way elephants and buffaloes used to migrate constantly) and demonstrate how the whole world can follow suit. Showcasing agricultural greats and 'heroes' like Alan Savory (Holistic Institute, Zimbabwe and TED speaker) the film will explore areas of Australia and Africa during the worst droughts in history while seeking solutions to regenerate Australia’s landscapes in a rapidly changing climate. 'We need to think differently about how we use our land, and that requires a change in mindset'.
Aged, Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, History, Human Rights, Indigenous, Rural, Social Justice, Youth
We follow Melbourne based musician Allara Briggs Pattison, a young Yorta Yorta woman, on her journey to reconnect with her family and culture. Allara feels disconnected from her family and wants to reconnect and dedicate time to learning her culture and responsibilities as an Aboriginal woman. It becomes clear to Allara that a trickle down effect has consequently left Allara physically and emotionally disconnected with her Aboriginal identity. Along her journey, Allara learns of her family’s ongoing fight for recognition as the Traditional Owners of southern New South Wales and northern Victoria. After reconnecting with her family and spending time on Country, Allara returns to Melbourne to unravel the events of the Native Title case. She meets with solicitor, Peter Seidel, the representative for the Yorta Yorta Native Title Claim, who reveals the unjust result that hinged on a ‘Frozen in time view of Aboriginality’. She challenges this perception and decides to meet with other family members to challenge the hypothesis that someone cannot be Yorta Yorta if they do not live a traditional way of life. Ignited by her passion, Allara begins working at the State Library Victoria as the Koori Research Officer. Through her position, she teaches others how to take initiative to connect with their own family and cultural archives using library research tools. However, she also reflects on government initiatives such as the Bunjilaka Centre at the Melbourne Museum, where her grandfather features in a looped video and evaluates how additional government resources could be used to urgently enhance the preservation of Aboriginal culture and heritage. Meanwhile, her family encourages her to reopen the Native Title Claim again, to which she feels compelled. Allara finds herself immersed in protests to stop changes to the Native Title Act that would weaken the Act and the voices of Traditional Owners. She consults Peter Seidel again, who believes that the Native Title Act has the potential to be an effective Act if it were designed in a way to favour Traditional Owners. Realising that her time may be wasted until a system is put in place to protect Indigenous peoples, the activist decides her life will not be defined by the negative Native Title ruling, she will not reopen the Native Title Claim and will instead continue to focus her energy on establishing her career as a powerful musician and fundamentally, a Yorta Yorta woman who wants to continue strengthening the bonds between her family, culture and Country as that’s all there is in the end. Featuring: Allara Briggs Pattison Uncle Don Briggs Aunty Sue Briggs Uncle John Briggs Peter Seidel Belinda Briggs Suzie Russell Marinda Pattison Uncle Alf Turner (Uncle Boydie)