“Sharing the Collective” documentary

Sharing the Collective in our YouTube Channel.

We are proud to announce the release of our first longish documentary, a window into Colectivo Sustento. It tells the story of two 2015 collaborations: a theatre exchange in the Colina 1 prison between Fénix & Ilusiones and Mary O’Neill and Nikki Mailer, community theatre workers from Manchester; and the building of a natural water filter in our community garden with the Women’s Bio-construction Collective (María Pinto, Chile). The documentary is a Colectivo Sustento production: directed and edited by Carolina Vera (with Rocío Huenchullán), and filmed by Carolina and Bárbara Fuenzalida.

Collaboration and reciprocity are at the heart of our work, they are key elements for us, both philosophically and ethically and support our sustainability. Whether it is in the prison theatre experience or our community garden, we seek out and develop long-term two-way relationships with like-minded organisations and individuals who also are working in resistance to the neo-liberal, competitive and individualistic system that separates us and diminishes the importance of collective endeavour.

This documentary was made possible by an injection of funds from Mary and Nikki, for which we will always be very grateful.