This series follows Jock Brandis as he integrates sustainable technologies into communities around the world. Narrated by award-winning journalist Lisa Ling and produced by award-winning filmmaker Rob Hill, REPLAN IT takes viewers on an international adventure with real people making a real difference. Watch as Brandis and his team provide ingenious solutions to problems plaguing rural America, the Philippines and parts of Africa.
In 2006 Jock Brandis gained international acclaim after he created the universal nut sheller to aid African peanut farmers. Assembled out of materials that can be found anywhere, costing less that $50. His invention garnered incredible praise from former President Jimmy Carter as well as Popular Mechanics. In 2008, Brandis was awarded the Purpose Prize by Encore for his entrepreneurship in developing agriculture, women’s rights, nutrition and foreign affairs. Utilizing his engineering skills developed over thirty years of filmmaking, Brandis creates various appropriate technologies to ameliorate social and agriculture issues.
One of the first locations depicted in REPLAN IT is Henry Edward’s farm in rural Rutherford County, NC. Greatly affected by lowering water levels due to climate change, the Edward’s farm has turn itself around for the better due to Brandis’ inventions. Instruments like the gravity water pump--originally developed for Afghanistan--
Viewers will also journey with Brandis to the famed furniture design company Herman Miller as he and a group of experts help create simple and sustainable furniture for classrooms in developing countries. The furniture is then facilitated in the Philippines with the help of social entrepreneur Illac Diaz, who is building plastic bottle schools-- classrooms made out of recycled materials--for school children. Watch as Diaz and Brandis help to integrate the simple but amazing bottle light--developed at the Michigan Institute of Technology--into impoverished homes that can’t afford electricity.
Common Sense Films is thrilled to share its work of capturing amazing people doing incredible things for communities across the globe. REPLAN IT illustrates how appropriate technology is more pertinent than ever with communities world-wide turning to sustainable solutions. Share in an experience as we offer a candid look into the lives of people working hard to shape our planet for a better future.