CareTakers has been in existence since 2010. Its focus is on the many environmental and biodiversity challenges facing society in the 21st Century. It aims to provide tools for education, training and awareness-raising around these issues for South Africa’s Youth. The underlying strategy is to produce short, high quality films in which inspiring individuals dedicated to stewardship of the country’s rich biodiversity resources, tell their personal stories. In the hands of trained facilitators, these films have proved to be powerful tools for stimulating discussions on a range of crucial topics, from environmental awareness to pressing challenges of sustainable development.
More recently CareTakers has introduced participatory training in the film production process itself. Small groups of youth have participated in the story development and making of films. Using the “action-learning” cycle as a pivot for our facilitator training, scores of teachers, vocational trainers, and nature conservation educators have become regular users of the CareTakers products in pursuit of their communication goals. To date the project has produced more than twenty short films that describe the various special roles that nature plays in people’s lives.
My Tourism Blue Flag Journey – Making documentary on your mobile
CareTakers has collaborated with WESSA to train 200 Tourism Blue Flag stewards on Digital Communications and Filmmaking.
WATCH NOW – The Professor, having Khoi-San ancestry Koos Paulse carries an immense amount of indigenous plant use knowledge. Professor Ben-Erik van Wyk is a renowned ethnobotanist at the University of Johannesburg who has come to visit Koos in the Suidbokkeveld. His discription of Koos as “the professor of the veld” is strongly contrasted with Koos’s painful past. This is a story about change, recognition and dignity.
Director: Naima Sebe
Cinematographer: Carlos Francisco
“Walking with Koos in the veld is like walking with a botanical colleague, only it’s a little bit more interesting” Prof. Ben-Erik van Wyk.