David Holmgren reviews Inhabit

“the art and beauty of this film will make it attractive to audiences … but it is the substance underlying the beauty and passion that attracts me”

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Stills from the documentary INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective

 

David HolmgrenThe explosion of doco’s about sustainability in recent year include a fair number that focus on permaculture and I have been interviewed in quite a few. The request to look at Inhabit and give a comment was just part of my “responsibilities” as co-originator of the permaculture concept. In the end I got to view Inhabit with 200 other permaculture activists at the 12 Australasian permaculture convergence in Penguin Tasmania in March 2015. There was a standing ovation after the viewing.

I was impressed by the articulate explanations of permaculture by a few people I knew, many I had never met and some I had never heard of. The scope and balance of the examples chosen to illustrate the diversity of permaculture is excellent. The film gives me a great sense of the evolution of permaculture in the USA over recent decades.

Of course the art and beauty of this film will make it attractive to audiences used to polished media productions, but it is the substance underlying the beauty and passion that attracts me. Of course the film can’t convey enough about the ideas and project presented for me to personally endorse every element as representing the best of permaculture, but I can endorse Inhabit as one of the best permaculture doco’s of the last thirty years.

David Holmgren
Co-originator of the permaculture concept
Melliodora – Autumn equinox 2015

INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective was released on Earth Day, 22nd of April 2015 and is now available.

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