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Amazing Grace | Award-winning Short Film by Makhulu


This short film by SA filmmakers Makhulu recently won the United Nations’ Forum on Forests Short Film Award for the Africa region, which was awarded yesterday evening in Istanbul.


The film was shot in Zambia during Greenpop‘s first Trees for Zambia project last year. Makhulu also made this video documenting the expedition.


The team – Rowan Pybus, Sydelle Willow Smith and Kyla Herrmannsen – tells the story of Lloyd Manyana, a Zambian man who stopped his practice of cutting down trees for charcoal and began growing them instead as “payback time to nature”. Lloyd’s micro-nursery is now one of Greenpop’s tree sapling suppliers and partners.


Makhulu is Greenpop’s media partner and has been making short films in partnership with the South African and Zambian based social enterprise since they began in September 2010.


Makhulu director Rowan Pybus says, “To be in Istanbul is to be here for Zambia to share the example of a great Zambian man. Lloyd Manyana is a shining example for all Zambians to look up. This film seeks to use his story as a means for others to decide to find a way to stop the deforestation sustainably in and around Victoria Falls, Zambia and Africa as a whole.”


Amazing Grace is one step in Makhulu’s greater plan to make a feature length documentary in collaboration with Greenpop called Falling Forests. Filming for this is in progress and Makhulu is seeking partners to come on board and assist in making this happen.


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