About

Milpa Films

noun ⎮mil⋅pa⎮Origin: from the Náhuatl mil-li-pan, meaning ‘what shall be sown onto the field’. *

Nils Aguilar, director & producer of “Voices of Transition”

With the background as a trained sociologist (M.A. Université Paris Denis Diderot), Nils Aguilar dedicates himself to visual and radiophonic communication of concrete utopias.

He regularly teaches innovative economic and agroecological concepts at the University of Tübingen and gives talks and offers workshops for different audiences.

His first film ‘Voices of Transition’ is a fully independent, 65 minute-long documentary. It’s the fruit of four years’ passionate work and has benefitted hugely from the work of volunteers scattered all over the world. The film has been translated into 25 languages and won five awards from international festivals. 
Synopsis: “Voices of Transition” presents innovative and very solutions to the food security challenges of our crisis-ridden age. It showcases powerful images of community-led “post-industrial” farming in Cuba, ingenious woodland farming methods in France and the Transition movement in the UK, where communities are moving towards local self-sufficiency.

still from the documentary “Voices of Transition”

His first radio feature ‘Que bolà, Cuba?’ about daily life in Cuba under Raul Castro was produced by the German National Radio (MDR, DLF, RBB) in 2017 and broadcast in Germany and Switzerland.

Nils Aguilar lives in Berlin and works in a self-organized co- and slow-working space, the thinkfarm, while continuously campaigning for…
– agricultural (agroforstkampagne.net),
– economical (wachstumswende.org) and
– cultural (transitionnetwork.org) paradigm shifts towards a more sound, resilient and happy civilization.

Milpa Films not only offers film production services, but also professional subtitling (DE, FR, ES, EN > FR, EN, DE), photography and outreach strategy consulting.

Clients:
Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung
Friends of the Earth

Foodwatch
Democracy International
Agroof
Peng! Collective
Die Grünen
Universität Tübingen
London Business School

Funders:
Fondation Jean-Louis Gueydon
Europe
Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft

Partners:
Save our seeds
Slowfood
Meine Landwirtschaft
Sinnwerkstatt
Förderverein Wachstumswende
Naturland
Demeter
Bioland
Germanwatch

Awards:
Prize of the public, Univerciné – Allemand Festival Nantes, 2017
Best Environmental Film, The Colorado International Film Festival, 2014
Winner First Time Director, Oregon Film Awards, 2014
Main prize: Ecological Success Stories Ekotopfilm-Festiva
Rector’s award from University of Nitra, Festival Agrofilm, 2015


*mil⋅pa
The milpa is an agricultural system used throughout Mesoamerica, based on the ancient methods of the Mayas and other Mesoamerican peoples.
milpa agroecosystem is highly diverse: different crops are interspersed with each other, including various varieties of maize, beans and squash (commonly referred to as the “three sisters” that live in a perfect symbiosis),  as well as avocados, melons, tomatoes, amaranth, and so on.
The use of this traditional crop system conserves local knowledge, enables farmers to control their genetic resources and provides for a basis for local subsistence.