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AINA: That Which Feeds Us

Runtime: 22m 55s | Release date: 2015

ʻĀINA means “That Which Feeds Us” in the Hawaiian language. The filmʻĀINA highlights a way to address some of the most pressing environmental and health issues facing the island of Kauaʻi - and of island Earth. That may sound like an outstanding claim, but as ʻĀINA vividly illustrates, such is the power of agriculture and food for people and the planet. "When we look at agriculture globally, it is the largest interface between humans and the environment. Agriculture is either going to make us or break us.”

The global story of ʻĀINA is told from the little Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, where two of the most extreme versions of agriculture on Earth are represented. On one side is a traditional ecological system that has allowed Hawaiians to live in abundance for over a thousand years. On the other side, four of the world's largest agrochemical companies use the island to spray an estimated ten tons of pesticides every year on genetically modified test crops, poisoning the fragile island environment, local community, and ultimately the consumers of products made from this industrial model.

This film production has been about exploring the balance between truth and opinion, and about understanding the balance between sustainable agriculture and the need to feed a growing population. We have seen strong, ancient traditions go face-to-face with the modern societies and we have been made painfully aware that one must never forget where we came from and what we can learn from history. By documenting the power and beliefs of the Kaua’i people, our conviction that change is possible and that it needs to come from within each one of us has grown stronger than ever.

The immense impacts of industrial agriculture have become inescapable. With increasing awareness and demand for healthy and sustainable food entering the mainstream, we are at a tipping point in consumer culture that will significantly and positively change our world. We hope that ʻĀINA is a part of the momentum that will tip the scale and that it will inspire change the same way the people of Kaua’i inspired us and leave you feeling the power of Aloha. If we are inspired with a sense of love for this world we will care for it; from our own well being, to the health of society and the biosphere.

Featuring:

Sabra Kauka
Don Heacock
Kawika Winter

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Solange Acosta | 1 month ago
Absolutely loved this film...Almost cried.
Thanks FMTV....
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 1 month ago
Your welcome, Solange. We greatly appreciate your feedback :) ~ Joyce
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krystal kouvaras | 5 months, 1 week ago
First this is a visually incredibly beautiful film. The imagery alone makes it worth watching. The message is heart wrenching. I've seen it again and again, the powerful corporations just squash anything that gets in their way. In this film it seemed to really hit the heart more probably because these people are so beautiful and so directly and adversely affected. I only discovered the truth about round up a few months ago and stopped using it. I just wish this message could get out to everyone. No one would ever use those chemicals if they just understood how bad they are.
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Joan | 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Very concise presentation reminding us that it is nature that sustains us, not corporations. I like the comparison of Kauai as an island, and Earth as an island, and that if we spoil our land, air and water we have nowhere else to go. Thank you!
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kathleen anderson | 10 months ago
Great film! I can understand the intense frustration from Jeff. So many of us feel that way! We are allowing these major corporations to slow decimate the earth and all it's inhabitants. Can you imagine if we would be able to show films likes these -- condensed versions -- at the beginning of every movie (where we have a captive audience) that plays in our theaters across the nation?! It's amazing how uninformed the majority of people are who just assume these corporations have our best interests at heart for the greater good of "feeding the planet". It's one of the great deceptions perpetrated on mankind.

Okay, calming down. . . .beautifully filmed and inspiring. Thank you for sharing! Hope they keep more coming.
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Jeff | 10 months ago | Edited 10 months ago
Despite my post below that may sound a little negative toward this video -- BRAVO ! This is a great video. It is a great "FIRST" step in disclosing the evils of Monsanto and other AG-Chem corporations. This is "that video" that reminds me why I continue to subscribe to FMTV. Thank you again James & Laurentine.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 10 months ago
Hi Jeff, you are most welcome and thank you for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts about this topic. It's wonderful to hear you're loving FMTV and we appreciate your continued love and support! :) ~ Iris
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Dionne Wilson | 10 months ago
Beautiful film but I really needed it to be longer and dive deeper into how predatory and entrenched Monsanto is in our government.
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 10 months ago
Glad to hear you enjoyed the film, Dionne! You may also connect with the filmmakers regarding this matter here: https://sherpascinema.com/contact/ Hope this helps! ~ Jasmin
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SARAH OReilly | 10 months, 1 week ago
"we vote every time we buy food "..........what a powerful message to share !
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