Sharing stories - gathering voices
'We are destroying our Mother'
We met Khaled on the land in Jordan, where he is creating the ALia EcoVillage of re-invented traditional Jordanian mudhouses, rainwater collection systems, amfitheatre and organic farming community. Khaled has been a climate activist for decades and spoke to us about the dry land, his experience of the interconnectivity of life and how it is possible for humans to keep polluting.
“A world without bees is a world without humans“
We met Mathieu at University Paul Sabatier, in Toulouse. Here he is immersed in the landscape of bees, and a professor in ecology researching cognitive behavior in small brained insects. We spoke to Mathieu about his feelings as a scientist in the midst of a mass extinction of bees, what touches him in his research and what he has learned from the bees.
"I feel like I’m loosing a part of myself"
We sat down with Anna who is 19 years old and from Denmark. Recently Anna started an environmental group at her high school; her way of taking local responsibility in the midst of the present global ecological crisis. Anna shares how she experiences anxiety when she is out shopping, how she wants to fight for the planet and how she communicates with Nature.
We met up with Esther by the water in the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark. Esther is 24 years old and one of the founders behind Den Grønne Studenterbevægelse (The Green Students Movement). She feels climate change in her body before she falls asleep at night. She can not accept that everybody keeps on repeating old consumer patterns and she is calling for full attention from the Danish politicians.
"The linear age of man is over"
We met Phyllis Young by a side-stream to the Missouri River, and sat down with her by the water. Her Lakota name is 'Woman who Stands by the Water'. We asked her about ancestors, her experience of the uprising against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and about her message to the young people of today going into the future.
"America is great, if you are white"
We met Wasté Win Young at her home in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, she was sewing 100 dresses for a ceremoni which will be held in The Black Hills. Wasté is from the Lakota Dakota tribe and has been active in the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline construction. We asked her how she experienced being a 'water protector' and what America is to her.
"Horses come, and then I've lost some horses"
We met Mike Little Bear for a coffee and ended up spending the whole day together with Mike at Standing Rock. The name Standing Rock, is a Lakota reference to, how all aspects of nature are alive and have spirit. The whole day Mike showered us with knowledge about Lakota philosophy, and we asked him about the power of prayer, the Animal Nation and about true solidarity through the uncolonised way of thinking.
"We are all becoming indigenous to planet earth again"
The second Other Story film, where we speak with Leo Yankton from the Oglala Lakota tribe, in the tepee he was given at the Standing Rock camps, Očeti Šakowin, about the importance of singing, his childhood memories and about the potential in a global movement to protect the planet.
“I am the first love in her life“
We met Elias from Syria, six hours after he had arrived on the Island of Kos together with 25 other refugees, on an inflatable boat. Some hours later, without having slept, he sat down with us, and shared some of his reflections.
“Passport - what a silly dream…“
Jan is 19 years old and from Syria. We borrowed a car, to shelter us from the rain, and Jan told us about his love of music, singing, and how he dreams about becoming a citizen.
“People at home have no idea what’s going on“
Meet two of the volunteers who help people on the island of Lesbos. The brothers Roger and Torbjørn are from Norway, and decided to make action of their thoughts in the fall of 2015. Hear their story and what they saw.
“To be honest, I hate Syria“
We met Ali in a refugee camp on Lesvos, when the weather was still mild, so we could sit outside. Ali talks about the key and a small rock which he brought with him, as memories of Syria. He had a very dramatic journey through Europe, and is now waiting indefinitely in a camp in Norway.