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Our Story & Team


Our Mission is to Inspire Everyone to Want to Tell Their Story.

 

By beautifully celebrating and sharing our stories, we learn how interconnected we all are, ultimately creating a more empathetic world.

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Our Story & Team


Our Mission is to Inspire Everyone to Want to Tell Their Story.

 

By beautifully celebrating and sharing our stories, we learn how interconnected we all are, ultimately creating a more empathetic world.

 
After finishing her studies at the University of Toronto, Felicia worked as a Health Researcher in North America, Ethiopia, and the Caribbean. During her travels and interactions with communities as diverse as one can imagine, she observed that sharing life stories connected people in ways that no other device could. She remembers thinking: "If we understood each other's experiences and appreciated the complexities of our heritage, then couldn't we all get along a little better?"
 
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She began asking herself: What Stories Will I inherit? And when she eventually came around to capturing her grandmother’s story, she saw how it brought pride and togetherness to her family.

She submitted the short film she created - Popo’s Journey - to film festivals and it did well, inspiring her to set up, along with her Co-Conspirator, Zaake, a company that families, individuals, communities, and other companies could reach out to whenever they felt ready to capture, share, and celebrate their stories in beautiful and unique ways.

This would be done through film or through print.

But, as trained Researchers, they knew they needed to do it right - fundamentals needed to guide the way they served each project:

1. Dig deep – the finer the details, the deeper the emotions unearthed, the greater the riches.
2. Stories only ever come to life once placed within the wider context of the time. 3. Content has to be matched with an elegant and deserving design.

This all started seven years ago and we have since had the pleasure, and the privilege, of celebrating stories from around the world. Today, Plantain comprises of researchers, writers, and designers that dedicate themselves to getting to the core of what your story means to you, and what it should mean to everyone else.

The company is named after a Madagascan folktale.

The story goes that long ago, humans needed to have some concept of death or the world would become overpopulated so we had to make a choice:

To die like the moon which has no children, and is reborn each month alone…

Or to die like the banana tree, which always creates little offspring but withers and dies after it fruits…

In the end we chose to live like the banana tree, because what is life without being able to share it with family and friends?

And we chose the name Plantain, representing the distinct flavours that define the origins of our company’s founders.
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We've Been In The News


We've Been in The News...

We've Been In The News


We've Been in The News...

 

Plantain is currently collaborating with My China Roots. You can read up on them on the BBC website.  

 

 

Watch our TEDx talk!

We got to share what we believe in, and how we can help create a more compassionate  world!

New York Hakka Conference

Sharing some of the tips we've learned as a speaker at the 2017 New York Hakka Conference

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Popo's Journey

Great reception for 'Popo's Journey', a short film developed by our co-founder, Felicia Chang, signals the birth of Plantain. 

Bocas Lit Fest

Speaking as a panelist about the relevance of family history to wider society at the number one Literary Festival in the Caribbean.

The short film that birthed Plantain: The incredible story that Linda Chang lived through, running away from a period of instability in China to a faraway island called Trinidad.