Born of the Sun

Visitors to Sekem come away full of enthusiasm for the things they have seen, heard and experienced.

28 years after Sekem’s founding, what was once an uninhabited expanse of desert 60 kilometres northeast of Cairo has been transformed into a fertile, organically-cultivated landscape. Sekem is the brainchild of Egyptian entrepreneur Ibrahim Abouleish, a remarkable visionary but also a realist. Through his project, he has pioneered a system of biodynamic farming according to stringent Demeter standards. In 2003, Abouleish was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize for his unique model.

As his son, Helmy, points out, “It doesn't take a lot of people to save the world. But someone has to make a start.”

Director(s): Bertram Verhaag
Script: Bertram Verhaag
Production: DENKmal-Film Verhaag GmbH, ARTE, arte, Arte
Actors: Ibrahim Abouleish, Helmy Abouleish, Selim Elmasri
Year: 2008
Duration: 45 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): German, French, English
Country of origin: Germany
Shooting Locations: Egypt
Screening rights: DENKmal Film Verhaag GmbH ()
  • This film can be watched for a fee at the top.


Main topic(s): Permaculture
Secondary topics: organic soil
Mentions: Sekem Egypt permaculture demeter dessert Nile harvest
Topic Page(s): Permaculture

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