Nature: Through Her Eyes

Supporting and celebrating women’s work in the natural world

Image by Meredith Meeks

The 2nd Edition of Nature Through Her Eyes will be taking place this year at the beautiful Labia Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest Independent Arts Cinema. 

Join us on November 17-20, 2022 for this edition and take a deep dive into sound! The focus will be on recording sound in the natural world, not only for filmmaking but also for audio recordings like podcasts and radio broadcasts, as well as bioaccoustic work for scientists.  

Accompanying this specific sound focus will be film screenings and a series of talks on writing, structure, production and other film making tools. However, discussions will focus not only on technical aspects but also address obstacles women face within and without the industry for furthering their careers.

All attendees who wish to do so should bring their projects in development, for discussion with industry professionals over lunchtime breaks. 

Screenings will take place daily of both feature length documentaries and shorts directed and/or lensed by women.

Women are underrepresented in storytelling about nature and wildlife, traditionally the white male adventurer’s brief. Films, essays and photographs that explore the natural world have often prioritized male contributions. What is the point of view of women in this field? What does their perspective offer? Do they allow us to see things differently? Can they help us to reconnect to the species with which we share the earth?

As we enter the period of the sixth mass species extinction and a global climate crisis, the human connection with the natural world has become one of the greatest challenges of our century. With increasing evidence that human health is inextricably linked to our interaction with nature, these challenges offer a crucial opportunity for women to bring their own perspective to the portrayal of the wild world.

It is important now more than ever to give space to the female point of view.

Isabelle Dupre
Isabelle Dupre by Victor Madelaine

The strategy of VII Academy is to promote, teach, and foster high-quality international journalism in the majority world and underrepresented communities in G20 countries. We do this by providing tuition-free education to emerging professionals and students from these communities in media practice, visual journalism, narrative, ethics, business, and entrepreneurship, thereby enabling in the long term a culture whereby the information narrative is democratized. As part of its commitments, it sponsors the festival and associated activities.