“Disillusioned by a cultural story of consumption and alienation, a newly married couple [Pete and Lily Sequoia] are called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year-long journey around the UK, searching for the seeds of an alternative culture and with it hope for the future.
“Without any prior filmmaking experience, they borrow the money from a friend to buy a second hand film camera, and set off with an intention to share their experience.
“We follow the filmmakers’ quest on this intimate journey as they speak to grassroots activists alongside the pioneering voices of Satish Kumar (The Ecologist), Polly Higgins (Ecocide Lawyer), Mac Macartney (Embercombe), Bruce Parry (Explorer), Mark Boyle (Moneyless Manifesto), Martin Shaw (School of Myth), Glennie Kindred (Artist and writer), The late Patrick Whitefield (Permaculturist) and Simon Fairlie (The Land). On this quest, they take with them a question – What could an uncivilised world look like?
“‘wetheuncivilised, A Life Story’, is a grassroots documentary film project that seeks to challenge the ‘civilised’ story of separation. The film looks at the points in our lives when we have an opportunity to tell a new story, and to step into an ‘uncivilised’ world of relationship, connection and belonging.
Filmmakers Lily and Pete say:
“We have been greatly inspired by the Shodh Yatra, which is an Indian term, that means: “to undertake a journey for the search of knowledge, creativity and innovations at the grassroots” – information is carried from one village to the next, and shared in order to perpetuate and evolve vital skills. By providing the conditions for informal, spontaneous relationships, we hope that the community screenings will be an opportunity to seed ideas, collaborations and opportunities for people to get involved in creating sustainable solutions for positive social change, rooted in the permaculture ethics of fair-share, people care and earth care.”