Ezekiel takes us along his journey as a farmer, as he and his team work hard to feed those around them. With the help of mPedigree, which spreads innovative technologies that secure communities from the harmful effects of counterfeiting, Ezekiel is able to purchase seeds that generate bountiful crops and expand his operations, inching him closer and closer to his goals of larger harvests, an efficient home delivery system, and healthful fruits and vegetables to nourish his community. This film is a product of the Solutions Storytelling Project.
I am but a tiny seed, carrying the weight of a dream. In a world where food connects us all, each seed, carefully selected, represents a promise, a promise of growth and abundance. But trust is not a solitary act.
Counterfeit agricultural inputs such as fake seeds threaten food security in many parts of Africa, hinder productivity, and keep smallholder farmers in poverty. mPedigree is a social enterprise working in partnership with governments, several of the Fortune 500 companies and grassroots organizations to spread innovative technologies that secure communities from the harmful effects of counterfeiting, and has impacted the lives of over 200 million people on three continents. mPedigree’s work is unified by a simple grand vision: a marketplace powered by Trust.
Nick Wambugu is an award-winning Director, Producer, Drone Operator and Co-founder at Folklore Films, and an alumni of Cinemadamare Film Institute in Italy 2015 and 2018. He is a Kalasha Award winner in 2015 for Best Director Diaspora category for a Short Film. Previously he has also been nominated and won at the Cinemadamare Film Festival 2018 for Best Short Documentary DEMLA which he produced and directed in Sicily, Italy. In addition to his extraordinary efforts he was also the Drone Operator for Student Academy Award Winner and Academy Oscars Nominee Film “Watu Wote” in 2017, as well as the Drone Pilot for Sundance 2020 Softie Documentary film that won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Best Editing. He has also worked in 3 Feature films with the BBC AFRICA EYE Series as a Director and Cinematographer. His latest film is a Documentary feature film on BBC Africa Eye-STREET DREAMS- where he was the Producer, Director and Cinematographer. Nick is passionate about telling human centered narratives that shed light on different people around the world. Through his travel and his documentary filmmaking he has been able to be passionate about telling stories that revolve us as humanity.
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Director: Nick Wambugu
Producer: Nick Wambugu
Cinematographer & Drone Operator: Maurice Mbui
Editor: Wavua Mwambonu
Location Sound: Edward Ahenda, Ronnie Mugambi
Line Producer: Zahara Munyiva
Grips & Gaffer: Gregory Kiwo, Walter Odhiambo, Joel Wanami
Assistant Camera Operator: Charles Ngomo, Zahara Munyiva
Set Runner: Russell Matte Kodhek
Colorist: Koome Mwirebua
Sound Design & Mastering: Muna Chuba
Set Photographer: Maria Besie
Featuring: Ezekiel Kiarie, Bright Simons
Story Consultants: Timothy Maina, Daniel Kwakye, Wavua Mwambonu
Executive Producers: Sky Dylan-Robbins, Gabriel Diamond
Producers: Mungai Kiroga, Debra Aroko
Legal Services: Matthew T. Rogers, Esq.
Special Thanks: Village Creative & Kaawakis Farm, Maureen Muthoni and Maimuna Msinda, Goodlife Tours and Travel
This film is a product of the Solutions Storytelling Project, a Skoll Foundation-supported initiative from the Video Consortium that connects regional filmmakers and social innovators in the Global South to produce solutions-focused short documentaries that catalyze positive change.