Movie Review – Inhabit, A Permaculture Perspective

By on March 18, 2015

Permaculture Movie Review

Inhabit – A Permaculture Perspective

At the Permaculture Voices 2 conference last week, we were fortunate enough to get a screening of the upcoming movie ‘Inhabit – A Permaculture Perspective’. I had no expectations for the film as I did not know much about it. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be an ‘issue’ piece or a ‘solution’ piece. I was hoping for the latter and was not disappointed.

Inhabit-Permaculture-Movie-Pic1The movie is focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, and it provides an look at permaculture people and practices. It was filmed during the spring, summer, and fall of 2013. Filmmakers and Permaculturists Costa Boutsikaris and Emmett Brennan documented over 20 sites in a range of rural, suburban, and urban environments.  In the movie, they explore a breadth of response to local and global challenges from issues of food, water, and medicine, to governance, economy, and culture.

Inhabit-Permaculture-Movie-Pic2Inhabit starts out covering some of the issues that our planet and humanity are facing today. The decline of topsoil and water. The continued encroachment of poor agricultural practices and big business. Pollution and tainted food supply. What I was happy about was that those were covered briefly, then they spent the rest of the movie covering solutions to these problems from a Permaculture perspective.

It started with Ben Falk, where they spent quite a bit of time at his Permaculture site in Vermont. Ben covers a lot of the big principals of Permaculture and how it can address problems in a number of areas.

From here, the film breaks into covering several different areas. Starting with the suburbs, then into cities, farms, forests, local farms, and regenerative agriculture with Mark Shepard. Some of the other people from the Permaculture community that appear are Geoff Lawton, Steve Gabriel, Eric Toensmeier, Lisa Fernandes, Dwaine Lee, Andrew Faust, Pandora Thomas, and Susana Key Lein from Berea, Kentucky.

They cover solutions such as grazing, swales, converting communities, green rooftop gardens, symbiotic relationships between plants, water containment and pollution reduction, repairing river edges, fungi, no till farming, and the restoration of eco-systems.

The movie is filmed well, with beautiful panning shots and great interviews. It is a movie that everyone needs to see, whether you are into Permaculture and you want to share pride in this movement, or if you are new to the concept and want to learn more about the impact that Permaculture will have on the future of our planet.

‘Inhabit – A Permaculture Perspective’, will be released on Earth Day, April 22, 2015.
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Inhabit

Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on the replication of patterns found in nature. INHABIT explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design lens of permaculture. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

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One Comment

  1. Sarah Lewis

    April 1, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I can’t wait for this movie to come out. Sometimes I feel like I’m hitting my head against a wall when trying to convince friends and family about the desperate need for us to all live differently for the sake of the planet. It sounds like this movie will do a great job in educating people!

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