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Film Screening: “Opening the Earth: The Potato King” (time TBC)
March 15, 2020 @ 12:00 am
“Opening the Earth” tells the story of Julio Hancco, an ageing guardian of biodiversity living in the high Andes of Peru. His humble life is in contrast with the global significance of his work and how the modern world may one day depend on him in crisis. But this film is about more than just potatoes – it’s also about culture, diversity and loss of rural skills and knowledge.
After the screening we will draw parallels between the film and the emerging Fibreshed movement in the UK. Emma Hague, founder of South West England Fibreshed and co-founder of Fibreshed UK, began her journey with bioregional textiles 10 years ago in the Peruvian Andes. Grounded in soil-to-soil cycles, community and sense of place, Fibreshed is more than sustainable fashion – it’s also about celebrating our tangible culture and natural resources to rebuild our textile resilience and sovereignty.