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Main stream movies with a Permaculture theme/twist

 
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Not sure if this is the right place to post this or not. But I want to a movie the other night called oblivion. It wasn't the greatest movie ever made that's for sure. It did have a Permaculture quest to it. It was sort of themed on the Telegian of all the earth's resources to be shipped off to another planet. Yet there was one Permaculture type Of salvation that would save the earth in the long run.

I think there are a lot of movies out there that have some sort of Permaculture message woven into them. Avatar, the hobbit, and the Lord of the rings, all have Permaculture type themes and threads running through them. Surely there are others out there that would strike a chord or at least some kind of Permaculture feeling to them.

Just wondering. Perhaps others could chime in suggests good movies with Permaculture like messages.
 
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While not directly relating to permaculture. If "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" took place in a permaculture based backyard. . . they would have been eaten by a million different bugs and got lost in the plants. Straight grass and ants, sounds easy compared to parasitic wasps, nematodes, and polycultures.
 
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I can't think of much in the way of positive permacultural themes; but I've got plenty of dystopian 'if you'd only got into permaculture' type movies...
Children of men
The Road
how about Wall-E? That's got a heck of a message!

 
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Hi Morgan, I'm looking forward to Oblivion.

I agree with Leila, positive is hard, dystopian easier. The first dystopian film that comes to mind is SILENT RUNNING (1974) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jxfO_wZYSQ

As far as mainstream movies.....

How about Star Trek TNG : INSURRECTION

The people of the planet Ba'ku, after fleeing their ecologically ravaged home planet, they resettling on a new planet in a region of space called the Brier Patch. The animistic Baku, although technologically advanced, chose to build an agrarian society, free of mechanical technology except when necessary. The Baku settled into small, close knit, ecologically conscious farm communities. They built their town using sustainable, natural and earthen building materials. They embraced old world craftsmanship skills and flourished as artists, natural scientists, and philosophers.

This is from Wikipedia:
The Ba'ku people were a technologically advanced humanoid civilization. In the early 21st century, the race developed the means of building weapons of mass destruction and was on the brink of self-annihilation. A small enlightened group of the Ba'ku people escaped this horror and found an isolated planet.
This group of Ba'ku followed a simple way of life and disdained the use of technology. (As shown in the film Star Trek: Insurrection, however, the Ba'ku still possessed some form of technology and the ability to use it in emergencies, since they had attempted to repair the damaged Data.) At first the Ba'ku were unaware of the metaphasic radiation in the planet's rings, which caused their aging process to significantly decelerate, although it was later discovered and cherished.
The Ba'ku society consisted of strong bonds between each individual as there were less than a thousand living in a village. Their simpler way of life eventually prompted some of the younger Ba'ku villagers - who wanted to explore the galaxy with offlanders - to rebel against their elders, and an attempt was made to take over the village. When they were unsuccessful, they were exiled and eventually became the Son'a people.
In 2375 peace on the Ba'ku planet was restored, and several members of the Son'a returned to their families.
 
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Pretty much all of Miyazaki's films have permaculture themes, although sometimes it's incidental. A few of theme are explicit, though. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind should be our favorite fictional PC hero, Princess Mononoke has wonderfully dark environmental themes, and Totoro is the god of the forest.
 
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One I just thought of is The Village albeit a bit twisted. Was Ectopia ever made into a film?
 
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New Lives in the Wild is a great production in 4 parts.

Australia, Alaska, New Zealand and Texas
and the people living in remote places there.

Definitely great places for permacultural experimentation of all kinds!


Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild



I thoroughly recommend them!

And I think Ben Fogle deserves our support by us buying them!
 
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Just watched the film "Upstream Color" (2013) by director / writer Shane Carruth know for his excellent film "Primer" (2004). Everything about this esoteric film reminds me of the Permaculture movement. I can't explain or critique it just yet (what I experienced needs to sink in and fester) but I have a feeling that this will be the first quintessential art house permiculture-ish film of the decade.

Here is an example, chapter titles of Upstream Color - 1. Grubs 2. Controlled 3. Infested 4. Ruined 5. Fascinations 6. Sampling lives 7. Forgotten trauma 8. Shared Experience 9. Underwater 10. Walden : or, Life in the Woods ( Book by Henry David Thoreau) 11. The Connection 12. Finding Peace

Upstream Color (2013) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SilYsr_3vrA

"Walden : or, Life in the Woods" - book by Henry David Thoreau - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walden

If anyone has seen this film, I sure would love to hear your opinion. Thanks.

Just found this critique.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gna3Mm8R7Nw
 
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one movie I particularly like for it's permie quality is 'castaway on the moon' or 'kimssi pyoryugi' under the original title.

a korean movie about a guy making his own little permie lifeboat experience happen right in the middle of a big city.
permaculture cute moments just keep coming throughout the whole thing.

trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrGvhwwWP8Q

more here:
http://www.imdb.com/media/rm305774592/tt1499666?ref_=tt_ov_i

flix it onto that tablet and feel good bout yosef
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I'm going to build a sauna trailer and document the entire process in video and ebook form!
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