As part of the film and lecture series Global Imperatives: Vision to Shape Reality presented by the International House at UC Berkeley , Global Oneness Project founder and director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee will be presenting an advance screening of our new film A Thousand Suns.
A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores two interrelated threats to the Gamo Highlands: 1) the evangelistic aspirations of the protestant church that are destroying the Gamo’s indigenous spirituality and governance systems; and 2) the efforts of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a Western aid organization which is spending hundreds of millions of dollars bringing chemical pesticides, fertilizers and‚ improved seeds to the continent. Through these external forces we gain insight into the modern world’s untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature. And we see how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.
Additionally our recent film, What Would it Look Like will also be screened as part of the program and Emmanuel will be on hand for a post screening discussion and Q & A. The event is free for UC Berkeley students and alumni, and $10 for the general public. Don’t miss this advance screening of our new film before it premieres at the Mill Valley International Film Festival in October.
The International House is located at 2299 Piedmont Ave in Berkeley.