Together We Grow is a 40-minute documentary telling the story of Common Unity Project Aotearoa.

Introducing a thriving hub helping to build resilience into its local community by growing, sewing, repairing, sharing – you name it, Common Unity is doing it!

Too many of our communities, here and around the world, are facing housing crises, food insecurity, social isolation, and more. In addition, the multiple impacts of the Covid pandemic and climate change are current and ongoing. How can we most effectively confront these challenges, and help our communities thrive in an economic system that leaves many feeling trapped in poverty?

Founder Julia Milne and her team have created a completely replicable model for developing strong, connected, resilient communities – a model that could be put in place across thousands of communities in Aotearoa and millions of communities across the world. They’ve proven it can be done, this film was made to help them share the story!

Film details:

  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • Resolution: 4K (3840×2160) and Full HD (1920×1080)
  • Release date: 2022 (sign up to the newsletter to be first to know!)
The Remakery sign

“Common Unity’s approach to giving to the community is all about the alongside … We didn’t want to parachute any services in from other places, this is simply something that we create for ourselves, with one another, responding to what it is that we see in this community. ”
– Julia Milne

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This film was made possible through generous financial support from Namaste Foundation and The Gift Trust.


Keen to share an inspirational film with your community? How about hosting a screening of Together We Grow?

Film nights are a great way to connect with your community and we’ve set our fees low to make sharing our films as accessible as possible.

Together We Grow will be available for hosted screenings soon. To stay informed, sign up to the Alert Newsletter (scroll back to the top of the page). We’ll send an email as soon we have a release date.

Meanwhile, you might like to host a screening of another of our films. Find out more here.


Electronic press kitIf you’re from a media organisation or just looking for more info about Together We Grow, you can download our press kit by clicking the button below.

For media wishing to arrange an interview with the team at Common Unity Project Aotearoa, please email them; or with the directors, please Contact Us.


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    Planting potatoes outside The Remakery
    Sewing at The Remakery
    Repairing an old bicycle


  • blank René says:

    Hello Happen Films,

    you both are amazing! Can’t wait to see another documentary of yours.

    I’d like to promote this movie in Germany. Will there be german subtitles? If not, can i help to make it happen?

    Best wishes!,

    • blank Happen Films says:

      Thanks René! Yes the film will have German subtitles available upon release.

      German subtitles can also be switched on in the YouTube player for the trailer. Feel free to share with anyone who might be interested and you can let them know that they’ll also be available on the full film.


  • blank Melita Middleton says:

    It’s good to see and hear people who are wanting to make a real difference to people’s lives making it happen. Would love to be apart of making this happen across other communities.

  • blank Corinna Hölzer says:

    You are GREAT! I wish we could all organize ourselves like they do. But how could that happen?