What is Alter Natives?
Alternatives” from Latin Alter (other) and Nativus (born), refers to the search for new realities, new origins. That is the starting point of this documentary project: to show innovative initiatives of ecological transition. Diverse experiences that are proposing answers to the systemic crisis that we are suffering in the world: energetic, economic, ecological, social, cultural and epistemic.
“Alter Natives, Building possible futures” is a collaborative feature film that aims to address, with a propositive and possibility-oriented approach, issues such as: How can we deal with this situation and adapt to a changing reality? What alternatives, individual and collective, are already being launched in different places to “transition” to resilient communities and more sustainable life models? What new stories and experiences can mark the future of our neighborhoods, towns and cities? How can we take the first steps to create an economy that promotes social justice and harmony with the planet and among ourselves?
Why is a documentary like this necessary?
We live in times of great economic, social and ecological uncertainty, as well as a potential collapse of our civilization. Multiple planetary systems, essential for life, such as the climate, soils and oceans, are being severely altered, while the indices of socioeconomic inequality continue to grow, generating more poverty and exclusion. Humanity, mainly responsible for this situation, faces the greatest challenge of its history. In this context, multiple initiatives and projects are emerging in search of ways of life commensurate with the limits of the planet, more equitable and solidarity. Working at different scales and in different fields, to transform the systemic crisis into a great opportunity to redesign our culture. Now more than ever, these stories, whose protagonists are ordinary people, like you and me, must be made visible. The critical mass of transformative initiatives needs to increase to make this socio-ecological transition process have the greatest impact. We need to connect, learn from each other, experiment, inspire an important part of the population and take action.