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Changing the world and other small tasks

The Transitions Film Festival is a unique festival dedicated to showcasing inspirational documentaries about social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and change makers. Now in its 8th year in Melbourne, the festival challenges us to think about and redefine what it means to be human and how people are striving to make the world a better place.

It shows the importance of inspired individuals for promoting change. I always find them highly motivational, enjoyable and thought-provoking.

Presented at the Cinema Nova, this year's program includes a broad range of controversial and empowering topics such as solar powered flying, energy pioneers, the global economy, refugees, climate change and more.

This year I reviewed Ubuntu – If you don't know what it is… this is definitely the show for you.

How do we humans connect? How do we decide who we like and who we don't like? Who we'll offer help and whose needs we'll ignore? A 27 year old University student decided to find out the answers to some of her yearning questions and find a deeper connection with the human race. She wanted to find out what Ubunta means?

Inspired by the South African philosophy of Ubuntu, Anna and Tom travelled around the world listening to stories and connecting to people she would otherwise never know or understand. People from Kenya, New Zealand, Israel, England, Brazil, India, Cambodia and Nepal.

They wanted to learn, appreciate, connect and care more about people living in our global community. Her burning questions give insights into how other people live and feel and were fascinating to watch. They portray joy, pride and wonder, even in war-torn countries, by the people and their fascinating families who are directly affected by trauma.

One of their findings was that in order for us to connect with one another, we need to know one another. In order to know one another, we need to have conversations, to share stories, to really understand what lies beneath the surface and discover the human-ness in all of us.

Here are some of my favourite questions:
What makes you smile? There are a few surprises.
What's the most important lesson you have learnt?
What does the world need now?

This makes interesting dinnertime conversation. Even if you are not normally interested in the focus of this film, I dare you not to become moved by the stories.

For a sneak preview of some of the other films, I have listed my five picks from the many films. It was a hard task so click here to peruse the full program.

Other films featured this year include:

Point of No Return
Point of No Return takes you behind the headlines of the first ever solar-powered flight around the world — where two courageous pilots take turns battling nature, their own crew, and sometimes logic itself, to achieve the impossible.

Run India
This incredible story of courage and the human spirit follows international celebrity and endurance athlete Samantha Gash (Run India, Australian Survivor) on her epic 3,200km purpose-
fuelled adventure.

Dirt Rich
Dirt Rich showcases the revolutionary new tools and techniques that can help reverse the effects of runaway climate change. Exploring the epic potential of 'geo-therapy,' Dirt Rich shows us how, by returning carbon to the earth, we can re-stabilise our climate and revitalise the soils that give us life.

The Transitions Film Festival is a dynamic alternative film festival designed to reset your moral compass. With a suite of remarkable documentaries on a range of important topics, you'd be hard pressed not to find a few that are right up your alley.

Even if documentaries are not necessarily your genre of choice, this is a must give it a go film festival. You'll learn, you'll be inspired, you'll cry and you'll laugh. Enjoy.

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Give away

Thanks to Transitions Film Festival we have a free double pass to give away to the screening of Ubuntu. For your chance to win, visit the Transitions Film Festival website and enter the code MUBUNTUWEN

Winners will be notified one week prior to the screening date. Good luck.
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*Jeni Wilson was invited as a guest
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Why? Be inspired by documentaries about change
When: 21 FEBRUARY – 8 MARCH 2019
Where: Cinema Nova, Carlton, 380 Lygon St, Carlton
Cost: $20.50 or concession $16
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