Next film festival:
Salt Spring Film Festival, 1-3 March, 2019
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Recent festivals
*Globale Berlin, 27-28 October 2018
*Globale Filmfestival Erfurt, 8-12 October 2018
*UN Women Film Festival, Amman, Jordan
14-18 March, 2018

Pioneering filmmaker Ghada Saba at Zaatari Refugee Camp

Zaatari UNHCR camp screening

*Jozi Film Festival (Johannesburg), Sept  2017
African festival premiere

Assistant Director Basani Ngobeni (right)
with Damaris Tolo and Lisa Henry

Latest festivals:
*Globale Berlin, Germany
27-28 October, 2018
*Globale Filmfestival Erfurt, Germany
8-12 October 2018
*UN Women Film Festival in Amman, Jordan March 2018
*Cinema Verde International Environmental Film Festival, Florida, Feb 2018
*Frankfurt, Globale Mittelhessen Festival
Jan. 2018 (in German)
*ReFrame Film Festival, Peterborough
Jan. 2018
*Semi-finalist, Green Earth Film Festival, LA
*Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival, Nov. 2017 (in French)
*Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival KLEFF
Oct. 23-29, 2017
*Toronto African Film and Music Festival
Nov. 2017
*Antigonish International Film Festival
Oct. 26-28, 2017
*Jozi Film Festival, Johannesburg
Sept. 2017
*Vancouver South African Film Festival
April 2017
*Vancouver International Women in Film
Mar. 2017 – Matrix Award winner

Community screenings (partial list):

September 2018:
*St. Paul’s University, Ottawa
March 2018:
*Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan
*Azraq refugee camp, Jordan
*Acadia University, Wolfville NS
*Campbell River, BC

Feb. 2018:
*Cinecenta – Victoria
Oct. 2017:
*Sidney BC, Star Theatre, hosted by
Victoria Grandmothers for Africa
July 2017:
*Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia
May 2017:
*Johannesburg May 25 @ University of Witwatersrand [Review]
*N’wamitwa, South Africa  May 17
*Vancouver May 7, Welisa Gogos hosted a sold-out screening
@ The Post at CBC Building

Thank you to our community hosts and organizers! Please let us know if you’re hosting a screening and we’ll add you to our list.

Vancouver International
Women in Film Festival
Winner: Matrix Award

Vancouver South African Film Festival

Public Library screening

Thank you Nancy and Patrick

Powell River
Full house at fundraiser for Sunshine Gogos
(Stephen Lewis Fdn Grandmothers Campaign)

Thank you Sunshine Gogos

Salt Spring Island
Full house at the lovely old Fritz Theatre

Thank you, SSI Grandmothers campaign and SSI Garden Club

Official launch – 1 March 2017 – Victoria

Overflow crowd at the Victoria launch

The March 1 Victoria launch of The Thinking Garden  was a fantastic success! We overflowed the auditorium with a very enthusiastic audience of 400, so we held a second free screening on March 15.

We’re thrilled and touched to see such interest in this South African farm on Southern Vancouver Island. Many thanks to all who came for your enthusiasm and generosity.

Thank you to the generous sponsors of our launch event on March 1: UVic Centre for Global Studies and the departments of History and Gender Studies. Thanks also for generous RA support from the Faculty of Humanities.  For other film donors and funders, see ‘The Film’ page.

*The Thinking Garden won a Matrix Award (‘outstanding achievement in a BC short film’) at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, March 8 2017.
*The film screened a second time at VIWIFF – at the closing night awards ceremony.
*Official Selection, Toronto African Film and Music Festival, Aug 24-26, 2017
*Official Selection, Vancouver South African Film Festival, March 31-April 2, 2017
*We’ve applied to other film festivals – stay tuned

We hosted small advance screenings in Victoria, Toronto, Halifax, Prince George, Truro, Camrose … Stephen Lewis Foundation grandmothers’ groups continue to host fundraiser screenings for G2G activities

“Rich with song and thought. Weaving the story of the garden with the bigger picture … renders the triumph of the women all the more important.” Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved

“Magnificent and inspirational.” Julie Cruikshank, anthropologist

“We watched riveted … [It’s] inspiring and moving to feel the strength and wisdom of these determined women.” Margie Cogill, Victoria Grandmothers for Africa

“A revelation … I’ve definitely never seen a more effective and affecting film of this length.” Jason Colby

“Even in challenging circumstances, women can prove themselves to their community.” Dalal, Syrian former farmer at Zaatari UNHCR Camp, Jordan

“Heartwarming, thoughtful. A film not to miss.” Melodie Brandon

“The remarkable story of this community garden and the women who brought it to life will be an inspiration for countless others.” Nancy Turner

“This film captures something very special.” Christine St Peter

Informal reviews: ‘I feel reverence’ ‘Passionate’ ‘This is a film for Africa: governments need to see this film’ ‘Beautiful’ …

Further information:

Synopsis  |  Screenings  |  Christine Welsh: Director’s statement  |  Director, writer, producer bio’s

To purchase or rent the film:
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