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.