Mindful Travel in Ladakh
A high altitude desert in northern India, Ladakh is home to abundant oasis’s and a rich culture of traditional farmers carving a living from the Himalaya. Since opening to visitors in 1974, the rise in tourism to Ladakh has brought much change to the region and culture, placing pressure on the ecology, local food systems, and traditions of Ladakh. Local Future’s Mindful Travel Program promotes responsible tourism by offering tourists ways to not only minimize environmental impacts but to engage in the local economy for meaningful and mutual cultural exchange. During summer months the film is screened daily in the capital of Leh followed by discussion. Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Wilder Nicholson. Written by Zoe Khan and Wilder Nicholson.
The Magic in Homesteading
"Homesteading means staying close to home", Jim Cornish muses as he warms by a wood fire place at his homestead in Harpswell, Maine. Farming for 40 years, Jim teaches the age old crafts of gardening, raising livestock, foraging and carpentry at Stone Soup Institute. A former student, Jeremy Kasten, draws on his experience at Stone Soup as he and his family prepare for their second season growing vegetables and raising animals. Directed by Wilder Nicholson.
Making Raw Milk Cheese
Spring Day Creamery follows a delicate and time intensive process to make raw milk cheese. Sarah Spring shares how her methods and other factors, including weather, location, and the particular diet of cows, give each batch a unique flavor. Directed by Wilder Nicholson.
Geothermal: A Green Energy Solution?
Scientists and non-profits in Iceland are finding health risks from air pollution, environmental degradation, seismic activity from geothermal energy, even as it supplies 65% of the country’s primary power. In 2015 an environmental non-profit, Landvernd, advocates for a halt to geothermal energy until the negative impacts are addressed. Produced with the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Scholarship of Bowdoin College.
The Master Plan
Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order released a new land management policy called the Master Plan in the summer of 2014, with the ambitious goal of reaching 40% forest cover in Thailand within 10 years. The military junta began a widespread campaign of targeting forest communities and forcing villagers off of land that they've called home for decades. Villagers face forced evictions, arrests, and destruction of property and their livelihoods.
The Isaan Land Rights Study Group, an NGO in Northeast Thailand, fights for land rights and community managed forest policy. As part of the NGO's outreach, this documentary informs affected Thai citizens with ways to mobilize. The film premiered at a Human Rights festival held in Khon Kaen, though the majority of the content was censored by the military junta. Prachathai, a national news source, and a Northeast Thailand news source, the Isaan Record, published the full length uncensored film.