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The Awakening of Permaculture is Adrien Bellay's new film

Foreword ...

You probably remember it a few months ago when the movie was released. My Grandfather's Vegetable Garden realized by Martin esposito, on Our website, we were committed to making the film known, with the modesty of our means, of course, but also with the energy of the young shoot!

We repeat today with the release of the filmAdrien Bellay, The Awakening of Permaculture.

If you follow us, if you are an amateur gardener, addicted to organic farming, with an ecological-humanist sensitivity, permaculture, you already know. For some of you, maybe you are already involved in a movement which, if it was born in Australia in the 70s, is growing more and more in France, in Europe, and almost everywhere. around the world for several years. Permaculture is a real groundswell that upsets the patterns of productivist culture as it exists today, even if it will take a long time for it to establish itself as a model, if this model were to prevail.

Is Adrien Bellay a "referent" in this mode of culture? No, Adrien comes from the world of cinema initially. But that's what makes the movie so appealing. This film is an opportunity, a questioning, a discovery which opens up fabulous prospects, for him and for all of us, as long as we are ready to come back, rather to take back in hand, our food and to see our cultivation methods with a new eye.

Our lifestyles today, city dwellers or not, do not always allow us to reflect on the meaning of things. They also do not allow the necessary hindsight to see that our companies are not "at best", and accept that we are part, often involuntarily - or unconsciously - of this forced march towards a certain end.
Even in our countryside, the farmers themselves at the forefront of a destructive, inefficient, polluting, killer cultivation method - diseases linked to pesticides and even suicides - do not do not put their "job" into perspective. This is all the more surprising, as day after day new evidence of damage to nature that rebounds us is emerging. Few of them mobilize to conduct analyzes and reflections on their future and ours, worse, often in denial, they refuse to accept the facts. Many of them are also stuck in a financial groove that keeps them a bit like junkies lacking a dose, and pushing institutions to keep their right to pollute, without constraint ...

The awakening of permaculture comes at the right time, the film comes out in a period, at the crossroads of the evolutions of peoples: perception of natural resources, questions about our modes of food and consumption, evolution of our relationship with nature ... More generally, the film The awakening of permaculture is there to help people discover permaculture, to raise awareness, to defend values ​​that show the way to get our societies out of the rut in which they are. The film is also a "stone in the garden" of the agribusiness that would have us believe that there is no other way ... than headlong forward.

Yes, there are solutions to better cultivate, to eat well while respecting people and nature. Permaculture is a good one, this is what shows us Adrien Bellay with The Awakening of Permaculture.

Interview with Adrien Bellay, director

I thank Adrien Bellay for his film, and also, for taking the time to answer with a few questions.

Thanks Adrien!

A few weeks before the release of L’Éveil de la Permaculture (April 19, 2017), how are you feeling?

I am impatient ! I've had the chance to meet audiences before at the many premieres, and the discussions after the film are always very enriching. It’s also an opportunity to meet people I have had the chance to meet on set, it doesn’t leave me indifferent. And then we feel this very powerful fundamental movement. Many spectators have to face different life choices, the film speaks to them and accompanies them in this movement of transition!

And above all, I appreciate how far we have come. Like an experiment, I started this project without really knowing how far it would go and I really did not imagine an outing of this magnitude ... I had to heart to do well, I threw all my strengths and my beliefs in this film, it ended up paying off.

JJ - You made your first independent film, The Voice of the Tatuyos, and therefore your new documentary film The Awakening of Permaculture is coming out soon. What is the personal journey that first takes you to the national audiovisual stages, then leads you to the production of more "engaged" documentaries? Is there a conscious or unconscious link between these 2 documentary films? Looking at a society that lives in close proximity to nature, has it made you evolve in your convictions, to the point of triggering reflections on our food production methods?

AB - Originally I studied to orient myself towards the cinema profession, but eventually I had the opportunity to work very quickly for production companies and TV channels. I got a taste for it, but my first goal gradually got farther away. Years later, I felt like a weariness in me, a certain retreat from my profession ... I felt at odds with the messages conveyed by the media and the lack of meaning and creativity offered by my profession. I found time to express myself differently, looking for projects that could work independently of the world of TV and above all who spoke about subjects in touch with reality, far from the society of the spectacle.

Between the concerns of the Indian people of the Tatuyos and the concerns of the “alternative” Western world, finally there is a link, the concern to preserve traditions. On the one hand, through mythology and the collective imagination, safeguard know-how and interpersonal skills, and on the other hand rediscover the experience of alumni through a methodology. We are here at two stages of an evolution: a civilization that comes face to face with globalization, and a civilization that has already been upset by this same globalization.

These preserved or desired lifestyles have in common, a desire to more harmonious relationship between man and nature. They made me aware of our consumption patterns, our way of interacting in society and with our environment. By sharing these exemplary lifestyles, I sought to put forward solutions, to go towards a collaborative rather than competitive world, towards more responsibility and less consumption ...

JJ - When we do not know permaculture precisely, we refer to it as a set of cultivation techniques - it could be the case - when in reality it covers a lot more things. Since its "invention" in the 1970s, it seems rather initiated as a dogma. It is also often understood as a way of life, almost opposed to that of "modern" Western societies. How do you see permaculture? How did you get interested in producing your film? What were your stages?

AB - You yourself have defined it in the question. I understood early on that permaculture was more than just gardening or some other way of farming. I acquired "The global vision" as the permaculturists say, this way of s‘Take more interest in the interactions between elements rather than being interested in the elements as such - more generalization, less specialization.

I wrote the plot of the film around the training since it was easier to find interlocutors who claimed to be such, and I knew their thoughtful words on the subject. Without realizing that transmission was intrinsically linked to the practice of permaculture ... since ultimately the permaculturist must non-stop review your achievements, constantly question yourself, in short, to be full of humility ...

JJ - Do you practice it yourself?

AB - Let's say I do permaculture in my own way, directing a movie, I trained briefly during filming and editing, and I try to spread, with my words and my images, his positive, universal and hopeful message. I found my role in making this film. I claim to be more "committed filmmaker" than "perma-filmer". My first passion remains cinema. The future will tell me if permaculture and my life are one!

JJ - We have all known today, and for a long time, the damage pesticides have on nature, on the health of farmers-producers-breeders and on our own. We know of contaminated water tables wherever intensive agriculture is present. However, many of the professionals reject this truth and continue to use these harmful products with ever greater diligence. Do you believe a paradigm shift is possible, both for farmers in the short or medium term? Do you think your film and others like Tomorrow the Film could play a role in this? Is this just "what moves you"?

AB - It is in the process of changing in terms of training, the programs of BPREA (Professional Brevet Responsible for Agricultural Operations), agricultural BTS, agricultural engineering schools are gradually adding a permaculture chapter to their program. The teaching staff somehow adapts to the growing demands and concerns of society and many peasants towards ecology. We will be able to show the movie in these training spaces, take this breach and accelerate this process.

AB - In my opinion, the transition will come more difficult for conventional farmers, locked in a financial system that is too restrictive to be able to get out ...

"Tomorrow", "In Search of Meaning" and others have proved it lately, cinema has this power that the other arts do not necessarily have, it is a political force, a power to act. Cinema sets the images in motion, it also sets the viewer in motion ...

JJ - Thank you Adrien! Have a good life at The Awakening of Permaculture!

Dear readers, you will understand, permaculture will be part of our future, and it will be a real breath of life for everyone who is going to get started. It will be amazing, it will be great discoveries and shared happiness! Support Adrien’s film, go see it, invite your friends over, and watch it with a fresh eye, kindness, and perspective.
Thanks everyone.

The Awakening of Permaculture : the trailer of the film ...

If the film is not showing in your city, and you would like to work on a screening, contact the production company and, to find out which theaters are showing the film, go to the website of: Destiny Films

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