Media Grants


The Fire and the Bird’s Nest

Director: Kalyanee Mam
Production Company: Migrant Films
Fiscal Sponsor: Women Make Movies

In a remote valley in Southwest Cambodia, Reem Sav See fights to save her ancestral homeland from a hydro dam and illegal logging that threatens to destroy the natural and spiritual heritage of the ancient Chong people. The Fire and the Bird’s Nest raises universal questions about the meaning of land as a sacred source of life or as a natural resource to exploit and control. How the people of Areng Valley answer this question will determine the fate of the valley and the future of Cambodia. Kalliopeia supported production of this film, which will be released in Fall 2018.


SEED: The Untold Story

Directors: Jon Betz & Taggart Siegel
Production Company: Collective Eye, Inc.

SEED: The Untold Story examines our relationship to one of the most foundational sources of life on Earth. For eons, cultures around the world have believed seeds to be our birthright: a covenant with the Earth shared by all and passed down across generations. But today, our seeds are increasingly becoming private property held in corporate hands. This documentary raises awareness about the importance of seed diversity and unearths the power that seeds have to sustain, enliven and enrich our humanity. Kalliopeia supported production, post-production, and an outreach and community engagement campaign for this film.


My Enemy, My Brother

Director: Ann Shin
Production Company: Fathom Films
Fiscal Sponsor: Women Make Movies

My Enemy, My Brother is the true story of two enemies in the Iran-Iraq War who meet again twenty-five years later and become blood brothers for life. A surprising affirmation of humanity that cuts across political borders, this film is a meditation on the toll of war and the power of friendship. The short film, My Enemy, My Brother, is available online; Kalliopeia supported the feature-length version of the film.


Orion Magazine

Organization: The Orion Society

Orion magazine invites readers into a community of caring for the planet. A bimonthly, nonprofit magazine, Orion serves as a forum for ideas and art that articulate a humane, sustainable, ethical, and inspired vision for the relationship between nature and culture, recognizing a moral responsibility of humanity to protect the flourishing of all life on Earth. Kalliopeia provided support for a series of six feature articles that explore the themes of Spiritual Ecology, Indigenous Cultures, and Soul in Society.


On Being

Organization: Krista Tippett Public Productions

On Being is an award-winning public radio conversation, website, publisher, and public event convener, pursuing questions central to life: What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? On Being crosses all boundaries of religion, science, civic discourse, and intellectual discipline to bring forward authentic insight into the deep meaning of the human condition. Acclaimed show host Krista Tippett was awarded the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” Kalliopeia provides general support to Krista Tippett Public Productions.


Karuara: People of the River

Directors: Stephanie Boyd, Leonardo Tell Imaiania, Miguel Aroaz Cartagena
Production Company: Associación Quisca
Fiscal Sponsor: Women Make Movies

Karuara: People of the River follows an indigenous community’s struggle to protect their river in the Peruvian Amazon from modern environmental threats. The film’s protagonist, Mariluz Canaquiri, says her river is the “ɨa” (ee-ah)—the center, life force, and mother. The film combines ancient myths narrated in the endangered Kukama language, animations using children’s artwork, and modern storytelling in a community engaged production. Karuara: People of the River will remind viewers that each lake and stream is sacred and that our planet’s fragile water resources must be protected. Kalliopeia supported production of this film, which will be released in 2018.