Director: Marysia Makowska | Producer: Marysia Makowska / Todd Antonio Somodevilla
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: United States
“Abalimi” – a word meaning “The Planters” – is a documentary about Xhosa women growing organic vegetables in harsh environmental conditions in the townships surrounding Cape Town, South Africa. "Abalimi" follows four gardeners and learns how gardening has affected their lives. Growing their own food helps them begin to lift their families out of extreme poverty and is sparking a micro-farming revolution in their communities. Additionally, through working together for a common goal, this movement is bringing the communities closer together, bonding the residents and strengthening their social network. The vegetables not consumed by the local communities are sold to people outside of the townships, creating income for the gardeners and further helping to improve their lives. It is a story about how re-learning the basic roots of agriculture is leading these women onto a path towards individual food security. And this could help these poverty-stricken women find a way to win back their basic human rights.
Abalimi | 21mins
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