One Word is a series of micro-documentaries at the intersection of youth action, indigenous wisdom, and environmental healing.
The short films are currently in pre-production stage. Each one (approx. 4 mins.) features one young environmental visionary from indigenous decent who shares a story related to an untranslatable word from their heritage, offering it to humanity as medicine to heal our relationship with the earth.
Through this series, the director, Natasha Deganello Giraudie, intends to come back to the spirit of the gifts she received in her youth from visits to indigenous communities in remote areas of her native Venezuela. In particular, she’s interested in exploring the wisdom related to attuning deeply to nature, finding humility in co-existence with other species and ultimately embodying a stance of reciprocity in taking care of that which takes care of us. The upbeat and creative series offers perspectives that although historically often disregarded, have never been more timely.
Previously, Natasha has produced hundreds of humanitarian micro-documentaries in more than 30 countries. She has also iterated on an outreach methodology that has enabled her films to be seen by expansive audiences, which she will apply to this series as well.
The series, whose primary audience is youth will be launched in the fall of 2019 on the occasion of the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages.
Director: Natasha Deganello Giraudie
Company: Micro-Documentaries (micro-documentaries.com)
• Indigenous Peoples: Lourdes Inga, Executive Director of Indigenous Funders for Indigenous People
• Outreach: Sonja Swenson Rogers, Communications Director, Polynesian Voyaging Society
• Linguistics: Daniel Bögre Udell, Executive Director of Wikitongues, which is leading UNESCO’s media coalition for the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019.