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George MacCallum
Warrior by Nature

Synopsis

Warrior by Nature follows the work, passions, and philosophies of people attempting to make a positive change in the world. It aims to answer the following questions: • What does ‘positive change’ actually mean? And how is it possible? • Is sustainability becoming mainstream? • From where does a person’s positive actions for the world actually begin? The film is narrated by Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings/X-Men) and follows the interweaving stories of: • Ian McKellen himself, who looks back at his life of acting and activism and reflects on how gradual change, is possible (referring to sentiment of homosexuality since the 1950s). • Mark Berryman, a former alcoholic who changes his life around and starts a campaign of positive change, only for his own questions to turn on himself, as he and his family face the anguish of their premature newborn baby undergo lifesaving surgery. • Jesper Heed, the founder of Peace & Love, meets numerous side p...

Warrior by Nature follows the work, passions, and philosophies of people attempting to make a positive change in the world.

It aims to answer the following questions:

• What does ‘positive change’ actually mean? And how is it possible?

• Is sustainability becoming mainstream?

• From where does a person’s positive actions for the world actually begin?

The film is narrated by Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings/X-Men) and follows the interweaving stories of:

• Ian McKellen himself, who looks back at his life of acting and activism and reflects on how gradual change, is possible (referring to sentiment of homosexuality since the 1950s).

• Mark Berryman, a former alcoholic who changes his life around and starts a campaign of positive change, only for his own questions to turn on himself, as he and his family face the anguish of their premature newborn baby undergo lifesaving surgery.

• Jesper Heed, the founder of Peace & Love, meets numerous side project partners with an ambition to communicate how a growing ‘collection of doers’ could have a positive effect in world consciousness; yet, he has to deal with looming bankruptcy and negative press.

• Sport Beattie, a Zambian anti-poaching game ranger who uses sustainability as a way to build relations with communities in poaching territory.

• Dan Burgess and Chris Packe, two British cause-led innovators and doers of change who use festivals as meeting points as a way to create networks for sustainability/positive change start-ups.

The main threads (above) are cut with fragments of archive, Youtube clips, and animation. Everything interweaves further with the following mini-films:

• The directors of Bottletop Charity visit their start-up projects in Brazil; Favela communities’ up-cycle ring-pulls from canned drinks into fashion accessories as a way to fund raise, create employment and stimulate awareness in the mainstream.

• A German backpacker/philanthropist who is also a solar energy investor re-visits a group of poor Brazilian kids who he helped to pursue a career in music (rather than the inevitable life of drug-dealing), 4 years ago.

• A Danish environmentalist who has plans to recycle wind turbines and send them to Africa.

• A supermodel, Helena Christensen, who works as an ambassador for Oxfam goes to a rural area of Kenya, which is affected by climate change. She also visits the slums of Nairobi where they are building sustainable infrastructure for sewage systems and much-needed sanitation.

• Kinslgey, a famous elephant poacher who switches sides to start a new life protecting the wildlife.

• A member of Coldplay (Mark Berryman’s brother) who restores vintage cars with eco-friendly engines.

• Central London community workers, Global Generation, who use skip gardens and aspects of sustainability to educate local young people.

• An English girl in Zambia, who helps a paralyzed, orphaned baby elephant to walk again.

• Swedish rapper Timbuktu gets busy in creative positive change projects in Borlange, Norway and Senegal.

• A Post-Christian, secularized by sustainability becomes a full-time worker in community positive change projects.

• The work of global change scientist Johan Rocktrom from The Resilience Centre.

The film intends to be refreshing, inspiring, and positive. It highlights the goodness and potential goodness in the world, as opposed to the doom and gloom, as seen in many environmental and economic news reports and documentaries.

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