Documenting New Directions
23 Nov 2009
New film ‘In Transition 1.0′ documents history in the making. It is an overview of what the Transition movement is beginning to achieve, using fictional characters and actual footage to put its message across.
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Transition Movement Hits the Screen
A story of empowerment and reconnection, In Transition 1.0 documents history in the making. It presents an overview of what the ever-expanding Transition movement is beginning to achieve. In line with Transition’s backcasting’ approach to find solutions, the film’s narrative involves looking back to our current day from a prosperous future.
Fictional characters recall the difficulties faced and how they were overcome. Meanwhile, actual footage from various Transition initiatives across the world shows communities building resilience, in response to the challenges of peak oil and climate change.
With specific sections covering subjects such as food, the economy, education and transport, a practical framework for getting on board is presented. Documentary footage of communities creating their own currency, setting up pubs, planting trees and growing food, makes for a positive call to action.
The most powerful aspect of the film, is perhaps the way it reveals the psychology of Transition. ‘Just to take action, itself brings about a transformation. It shifts the belief ñ one that is very pervasive in our world ñ that there is nothing I can do as an individual,’ stated one interviewee. ‘But, if we don’t do it as individuals, or even as individuals who come together in groups, nothing’s going to happen,’ she continued.
With regional government adopting the movement’s principles, clearly the model is having widespread impact, as the film shows. Transition Network co-founder Rob Hopkins explains that: ‘We are seeing a move towards what local democracy was always supposed to be about ñ when the community is driving things … and the local authority’s role is to facilitate that.’
The film offers a useful introduction to those new to the Transition concept and an interesting reflection and motivation-booster for those already involved. A feeling of excitement abounds throughout the feature, based around the possibilities that Transition is creating and, importantly, the way in which solutions are already being put into action.
It is interesting to note that the film is given a volume number ñ 1.0. It closes with a request for feedback and more footage from Transition groups, which will be put towards the follow-up, volume 2.0. This highlights the open, evolving and inclusive nature of what is taking place.
It may not be a super-slick, high-budget production but In Transition 1.0 meets its ambitions effectively and its format fits the community orientation. Labelled the perfect sequel’ to The Age of Stupid, the film offers a down-to-earth, positive vision, characterised by the amount of joy and laughter that is present within it.
In Transition 1.0′ is available as a
download and a 2-disc limited edition DVD
Transition Town Raglan, in New Zealand,
is featured on a television news bulletin
Photo: © Transition Network
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