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In-production, releasing February 2024

Years spent making films with a vision for inspiring change has convinced us that community resilience has a vital part to play in a positive future for humanity.

Roimata Food Commons, in the city of Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa, provides exactly that. It’s a commons garden and food forest situated in a public park, that anyone can harvest from, regardless of whether they’ve contributed to growing the food.

Once a grassed area providing no more than a thoroughfare between roads, a place that some felt unsafe venturing in to, is now a space that people in the neighbourhood not only regularly use, but where they now stop to pick fruit, harvest vegetables, bring their compost, and in the process get to know each other.

“A community space to nurture the health and wellbeing of our community and the ecosystem in which it is situated.”
– Michael Reynolds, Roimata Food Commons co-founder

Why this film?

This beautiful project shows how community food resilience can be generated in commons spaces with joint community effort. In the film, we’ll explore:

    • what it’s taken to set up a community food commons
    • the challenges in obtaining funding
    • why community commons like Roimata are so important
    • how similar commons spaces might be created in our own communities

We’ll also shine the spotlight on Roimata’s co-founder and main driver, Michael Reynolds – a passionate solo dad who’s given his all to this project. Pursuing round after round of funding to keep Roimata alive, Michael is a local hero and it’s about time the world heard his story!

Support this film

If you’re excited to learn more about this awesome example of a community commons please help us to share the story widely!

Perhaps you’d like to see a commons in your own community, or to be part of starting one up, or it’s an initiative you’d just like everyone to know about?

Help us to finish the film by supporting financially or sharing this page with friends and family you think might be keen do do so. Thank you!

Production details
We’ve been filming with Michael since 2021, across 2 seasons and between Covid disruptions!

Time frames
Filming is complete.
Post-production (editing, sound mix, colour grade etc.) is underway.
Release is dependent on funding but we’re aiming for February 2024.

Production – director/producer: $8,200 NZD.
Post-production – transcription services, editor, colourist, royalty-free music, sound mixer, post-production management: $7,050 NZD.
Production overheads – travel, food, contingency: $4,770 NZD.
Total: $20,020 NZD

Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand

This film will be uploaded free to view on YouTube, promoted through our social media channels, and hosted on the Happen Films website. Release is planned for Feb 2024.

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