START Film complete

The multidisciplinary research project into the state of food security in the face of climate change in the Hamburg area, funded by START, culminated in a final report and book. The project was filmed (see below) , to show the many different but interconnected aspects to this initiative, as well to discuss broadly some of the key issues that emerged during the research.

The film in no way aims to stand for the final report, but rather acts as a general reflection on the key processes and people involved in the START project. The film at first was difficult to script, with so much going on in this project, and all of it needing to be touched on briefly. Research was conducted by University of Fort Hare agricultural scientists, NMMU marine biologists, and Rhodes University economists, anthropologists and educators and marine scientists from SST. The Keiskamma Trust provided invaluable support and a base from which to work in Hamburg. This all needed to be balanced with the many views and opinions of numerous Hamburg residents. 

Trust Sustainability Films had the honour of meeting and working with many energetic and driven locals, who want to see proper change in the community. Ayanda YekaHamburgni, chairperson of the Hamburg Fishing Committee, emphasized the community's desire to work together with researchers and government, to set up the right bodies that can begin addressing important issues such as food security. This sentiment was well mirrored in the many voices at community meeting where researchers provided some feedback on their work. It is this local desire to set up their own initiatives to tackle problems, without depending solely upon government to solve local problems, was most encouraging. The film concludes with a message of hope and desire for a better future.

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