After many years of hard work, we are pleased to announce that the film is complete and we are ready to share a release date! GOSHEN will be available April 4th, 2015 to watch through Vimeo On Demand. Want to rent or buy GOSHEN? You can preorder now!
Please watch and share our new Official Trailer! Thank you for your continued support!
by Mark Cucuzzella
Natural Running Center
August 6, 2014
Two bold, young documentary filmmakers, Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz, left their home in Big Sur, California, and traveled to the depths of Copper Canyon in Mexico in search of the “seeds of health.” They lived among the Tarahumara who suffer almost none of the modern illnesses of Westernized Society. The Tarahumara are famous for covering extraordinary distances with minimal sandals made of rope and tire. They have eaten a mostly plant-based diet for generations; this is their tradition and heritage. Dana and Sarah were self-funded and self-supported, carting all their camera gear and supplies for a month.
As a physician promoting a return to more natural movement and natural food, I had the privilege of being brought into their story and film. Dana and Sarah recently came to the small town of Shepherdstown,WV. We spent half a day filming and sharing stories of what we have learned about health. The secret recipe of the Tarahumara is no surprise: eat natural, move often, and live with happiness in your community. They walk the earth with “light feet” and experience a deep joy. Their film GOSHEN is a documentary feature sharing the remarkable story of the indigenous Tarahumara tribe who are renowned for their incredible long distance running endurance and lack of the top three modern diseases – type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Isolated in the remote depths of Mexico’s Copper Canyons, their low incidence of chronic disease is linked to their plant-based diet and physically active lifestyle. The film will share how to prevent and reverse chronic diseases through nutrition, physical activity and stress reduction. To view a trailer visit here:http://www.goshenfilm.com/about.html
The C.D.C. estimates that 75 percent of health care spending is for chronic diseases that could be prevented. Billions of dollars are spent on obesity related illness every year in the U.S. GOSHEN examines the ability to prevent diseases through lifestyle and diet choices!
The Tarahumara are very active with no modern conveniences to reduce work. Here are some unfortunate sedentary lifestyle statistics:
Many people have heard of “hot spots,” where chronic diseases are extremely prevalent. Rarely do people talk about what Family Physician colleague Dr. Daphne Miller calls, “cold spots,” or places around the globe where people are living with low incidences of the top modern diseases. Epidemiological research reveals a cold spot for heart disease, cancer, and type-2-diabetes in the Copper Canyons, Mexico; home to the indigenous Tarahumara tribe.
Sarah and Dana are now traversing the United States to interview leading Tarahumara specialists, authors, and doctors to complete the story. My barefoot running friends Christopher McDougall (author Born to Run) and Dr. Dan Lieberman (Harvard Evolutionary Biology Chair), Dr. Daphne Miller (author of Farmacology), Dr. Phil Maffetone (Yoda of Health and Endurance), and Will Harlan (Barefoot Farm in North Carolina) will also share their experience and wisdom. To learn more go here:http://www.Goshenfilm.com Join the global health and fitness movement and donate to support the production of GOSHEN today! http://www.Goshenfilm.com/donate
FULL ARTICLE: http://naturalrunningcenter.com/2014/08/06/film-documents-tarahumara/
GOSHEN is a captivating documentary, following the remarkable story of the indigenous Tarahumara tribe. Renowned for their incredible long distance running, the Tarahumara have fought tirelessly to protect their indigenous culture, and in doing so have also managed to stave-off the top three diseases of our time – type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Patrick Holden, founder of the Sustainable Food Trust, will be one of the featured cast in Goshen Film!
Homestead Honey Hour fans will remember that Dana and Sarah were guest on the show in Feb. 2013, to talk about their upcoming trip to the Copper Canyons of Mexico, to video the last indigenous tribe of North America, the Tarahumara. They’re back and ready to report on their experiences! The Tarahumara are noted to be fleet of foot, and are known for running tirelessly across rough terrain. Sarah and Dana are gathering the last of the funds needed to tie up the loose ends, and get the finished product ‘Goshen’, into our hands.
They’re anxious to share what they learned about these amazing people who are free from heart disease, type II diabetes, and cancer. GOSHEN unveils the mystery of how to establish healthy, sustainable communities that can survive, even thrive, despite the global increases in famine and diseases. LISTEN to the show in the player below!
On February 1, Dana & Sarah Films kicked off their 40-day Indiegogo crowd funder to complete production of GOSHEN, a documentary revealing the untold story of the Tarahumara ultra-runner tribe and their super food diet. We are thankful to receive a Stomp of Approval from Barefoot Runners Society!
We invite you to join us in our second Indiegogo crowd funder to complete GOSHEN (2014), a documentary that will reveal the awe, wonder and beauty of the indigenous Tarahumara tribe and their superfood diet. We have spent the last year filming in extremely remote locations and interviewing an extraordinary cast of characters. Together, with your help, we will finish this film in 2014 and share the remarkable story of the most indigenous tribe in North America!
Your donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
It is hard for us to believe it has been almost 1 year since our Indiegogo fundraising campaign for our upcoming documentary, Goshen. When we think back about the past months, we know none of our accomplishments were possible without YOU! Therefore, in efforts to keep you connected with the progress of production, we created a new video update of behind the scenes highlights of our production in all of our amazing filming locations! We hope you enjoy it, as a small token of our gratitude for your continual support.
Over the next few months, we will continue post-production editing all of the video footage we shot of the Tarahumara in Mexico, the seed bank at Native Seed Search in Arizona, and the interviews at the National Heirloom Expo in California. However, we are planning to jump back into production this Spring and would appreciate any support you can give over the next few months to help us pursue:
This week, news was released that Mexico has banned genetically-modified corn. This decision will not only impact the world, it will also hugely impact the Tarahumara tribe. Corn or “maize” is the heart or "life-force" of Mexico; a staple food of their diet, history, and culture. There are over 20,000 varieties of corn in Mexico and Central America. The Tarahumara’s ability to survive in isolation has been majorly dependent on their ability to plant and save their own heirloom seeds. The threat of GMO corn entering Mexico would have threatened this indigenous tribes livelihood.
Although this is a huge victory for Mexico, we hope to see more countries following in their steps, including the United States. The best solution to preserving seed diversity is stopping the production of genetically modified crops throughout the world. Perhaps this seems impossible, but actions like Mexico is taking give us great hope for the future.
Three weeks ago, we had the privilege of planting a Tarahumara corn variety as a part of a demonstration garden for our upcoming documentary, Goshen. You can view the growth progress of this organic garden here: www.goshenfilm.com/garden
This week, we also began editing a sequence in Goshen featuring a Tarahumara woman grinding and hand making tortillas from her families corn. Goshen will share this culinary tradition and will also teach you how to preserve heirloom seeds from your own garden. If you would like to support the production of this documentary, you can make a tax-deductible donation here: www.goshenfilm.com/donate
If you would like to purchase Tarahumara seed, we recommend the collection of Native Seed Search.
Dana & I, the filmmakers of Goshen, installed a Tarahumara demonstration garden where we will be planting the "tres hermanas" or "three sisters" which consist of corn, beans, and squash. The Tarahumara corn, beans, and squash seeds were purchased from Native Seeds/SEARCH. You can purchase Tarahumara seed here.
We will be planting corn, beans, and squash so that we can document and teach you how to grow and save seed from these endangered heirloom crops! We will be posting updates regularly so that you can WATCH THE GROWTH OF THE TARAHUMARA GARDEN HERE.
The garden was implemented following the Back to Eden organic gardening method. www.backtoedenfilm.com
Filming location in the Copper Canyons, Mexico.