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7 Oct 2011

Transition Toronto’s winning film! ‘The people in my neighbourhood’

Transition Toronto recently held a film competition for people to use film as a way of communicating Transition.  The winner was Mariko Uda with her film ‘The People in my Neighbourhood’.  Rather lovely it is too.  Here it is:

The judge, Gregory Greene, producer of ‘The End of Suburbia’, said of why he chose this film as the winner:

“I really enjoyed Mariko’s film. Her vision of a possible urban future based on local skills and innovation, progressive resource-and-energy taxation, future compost “consultants”(loved that one) and Ministry of Transportation folks on bikes – embraces so many Transition principles. I found myself learning quite a bit and developing new ideas about what the future might feel like. I also loved the friendly, up-beat tone and diversity of faces, so reflective of our city! This video is the winner by a long-shot. I’ll say it again I LOVED IT!”

Mariko makes the point that the various stories in the film are already a reality… she writes:

“Yes, that rooftop garden really exists! It’s one of a number of urban agriculture projects at UofT.

The composters are at the Stop’s Green Barn.  Check out the Farmers’ Market there every Sat. morning!

When I thought of buildings for the future, I thought of Rohan Walters. Get to know him here.

Need something fixed? Go to a repair shop like Fix-It-Again Sam! Want to make a skateboard?

For the composting toilet I had to go all the way to Vaughn to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Restoration Services Building.

I kid you not – they did not smell at all!

The lovely singing at the end were UofT students in Hot Yam! who prepare yummy vegan lunches every Wed. at noon. http://hotyam.ca/

If you’ve watched this film, and want to know what to do, start by discovering and enjoying the treasures in your neighbourhood. Go to a Farmers’ Market. Walk, ride your bike! Smile & talk to your neighbours :-) Nourish yourself, envision a positive future & work together with others towards it.

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3 Comments

Jonathan Pollard
16 Oct 8:19pm

Loved it. Visioning is so important. This film made a bright future seem just so attainable! Made me wanna make a similar film for my city. Oh and I loved the way she just “happened” to bump into everyone. Hilarious!

Mariko Uda
16 Oct 11:28pm

Hi Rob,
thanks for posting my film to your Transition blog! I’m so thrilled that people outside of Toronto are watching it! I had never imagined that!
-Mariko

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