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Growing local

A film about the emerging, local food movement in Cape Town, South Africa as seen through the eyes of three advocates from diverse communities.

South Africa is a country of contrasts and divides in many respects with food being no exception. Over-nutrition, under-nutrition and malnutrition are all common features, and connections between people and their food systems seem to be getting weaker and more remote by the day. While inequalities are everywhere apparent, Nature’s Happy Meal focuses on the positive actions that individuals in different communities are taking to help reverse this trend and reconnect people to the food they eat.

Ntsako and I were inspired to make Nature’s Happy Meal both because we are each keenly aware of the importance of sustainable food systems in South Africa, and also because we met three remarkable characters: –

Barry, whose life has completely turned around based on a renewed relationship with food; from managing the logistical supply chain for MacDonalds and KFC in South Africa, to designing and running a beautiful local farm that is the focus of an alternate community committed to healthy and sustainable living.

Daniel, a wonderful guy and among the most knowledgeable and capable agriculturalists I’ve met, was forced by his okra seeds to carry them with him on the journey from his homeland of Zimbabwe to South Africa.

Jackie, whose garden in Oceanview has become a real center of activity for the local community and provides a safe place for positive learning for many at-risk children in the Seven Sisters housing estate.

We hope you enjoy it!

Justin and Ntsako

A Film By: Justin Rose & Ntsako P. Mabunda

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Comment by Lissa on February 23, 2014 at 7:44

Charming :) and inspirational.

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