We’re thrilled to announce the release of our newest documentary, FROM TRASH TO TREASURE: turning negatives into positives! The 24-minute film is now available to stream online for free around the globe on our YouTube channel. You can find the full film here with Arabic, English, French and Spanish subtitles.
In Lesotho—a highland country surrounded by South Africa—an artist named Nthabiseng TeReo Mohanela takes discarded materials and transforms them into unique clothing and accessories. Teaching young people the benefits of recycling and re-creation, she calls her project “From Trash to Treasure.” With TeReo’s work as a starting point, this short film showcases a broader spirit of reimagination among artists in Lesotho, who use creativity to respond to entrenched social problems: Filmmakers show the need to end child marriage. Musicians write songs about climate change. Farmers collect seeds to protect endangered tree species. Designers use fashion to preserve traditional Basotho culture and challenge common perceptions of Africa. Profiling a variety of these innovators, FROM TRASH TO TREASURE: turning negatives into positives encourages us to take lessons from those who rethink, reuse, and reinvent in order to promote positive change.
In addition to premiering the new film, we are excited to announce the launch of the Creative Activism Awards. After filming in Lesotho, director iara lee created the awards to give back to the people and organizations featured in the documentary as they continue their important work of paying it forward to their society.
You can find more information about FROM TRASH TO TREASURE: turning negatives into positives and the incredible people featured in the film here.
We hope you enjoy the film, and we look forward to your feedback!
Until next time,
iara lee and the whole team