Plants, Agricultural Products, Empowerment – A collective response to community needs in Cape Town, South Africa.
Qaba Mbola and the Ujamaa Guerrilla Gardening Collective have transformed a windswept disused public space into a food forest for residents of Khayelitsha, an apartheid-era town on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa.
This garden not only provides food, but also an important sense of belonging. Residents plant, harvest, sell, and trade produce. They share food, seeds, compost and skills. They are planning sustainable solutions to the looming drought.
This is a community built on the spirit of agency, self-help, and action in the face of enormous social and environmental challenges.
Omelga Mthiyane is a South African filmmaker whose documentaries have been broadcast internationally and screened at festivals such as Sundance and Berlinale. Several of her films have won awards and her latest documentary Her Lefu won her Jozi Film Festival award.