Once, we thought - An indigenous future perspective

Funding the future of cinema. This campaign raises awareness and a safe territory for the Kogi tribe in the Sierra Nevada to continue their work.
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What awaits you?

What does a world look like in which we actually…

…want to live? And how can we use our creativity and intelligence as human beings to actively help shape it? This feature film contemplates on the large gap that evolved over the past 4000 years between our modern world and the indigenous Kogi tribe - that faces similar technological challenges. It’s showing the deep interconnectedness of beings that are all striving for Regenerative and sustainable alternatives for our society and economy. A valuable key and inspiration for us lies in the original and indigenous knowledge of cultures that have been living regeneratively and sustainably for thousands of years.

Nature has 3.8 billion years of evolutionary experience

…in designing life-sustaining systems. Why don't we use this wisdom to build societies full of health and vitality? Money hardly plays a role in the millennia-old culture of the Kogi, as they live directly from and with land. But now, for the first time in their history, they need money to buy back their stolen land. That is why they are turning to us. Giving the Kogi the means to buy back their land today is an investment in their continued existence as a culture and in the future of all of us together on the planet.

Caring for earth, instead of owning it.

With the movie, we can give back to the Kogi what belongs to them: Their land. Not only does the land belong to them, they also belong to the land - of which they see themselves as caring Guardians.

The discovery of America?

At the time of its "discovery", the whole of America was described as a wild, untouched land and thus seemed free for European settlement. However, the settlers did not realise that the indigenous peoples who lived there were highly developed cultures that managed and cared for nature in deep contact with its rhythms and principles. In the course of the land seizure, indigenous groups were pushed further and further out of their territories all over the American continent.

„What we indigenous cultures had left behind…

…Europeans did not even recognise as a result of our way of life: Biodiversity.“ Lyla June Johnson, Diné Leader

Who is kondukting

Thinkersongwriter & Storyteller. I love to be in nature, learn from her, listen to her, and forge new thoughts from what she taught me. I like perfectly ripe mangoes and good Photoshop brushes. Also, I teach art sometimes. 🐢

Lebendige Zukunft e.V. is an association of people who want to shape a regenerative, life-promoting present and future together. A world in which the living unfolds and we as humans joyfully and creatively do our part.

Filmemacher, Kameramann, Cutter, Spielplatzdesigner. Gründer von FILMING FOR CHANGE, dreht und schneidet Dokumentarfilme seit über 20 Jahren. Lebt seit 15 Jahren in Gemeinschaften und seit 6 Jahren in der Gemeinschaft Tempelhof mit 150 Menschen.

Representative of the Kagaba (Kogi) of the Sierra Nevada in Colombia Principal of the Kogi school, translator of the Mamos, one of the first traditional leaders with a university degree in economics. One of the first Kogi to ride a motorbike. 🏍️

Lucas Buchholz works on the transformation towards a regenerative economy and society. He inspires, advises and accompanies organisations that want to consciously place the well-being of people and the planet at the centre of their economic activities. One key to this is the wisdom of indigenous peoples. Lucas shows how our modern world can learn from cultures, some of which have lived regeneratively and life-affirmingly for millennia. He founded the organisation Living Future, as well as the consultancy re:ground, and is working on a film project. Lucas lived with the indigenous Kogi people in Colombia and is the author of two books.