About MAB Films
Mab Films produces and distributes films on herbal healing, traditional cultures and our environment. These films are made with an intimate knowledge, caring and respect for the people, plants and animals portrayed. Films that Tish has produced, directed and worked on, have shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and in festivals, theaters, and on television stations around the world. They have received many awards. Juliette of the Herbs was nominated for an International Documentary Association award, and it has become a classic in the herbal and holistic healing community.
Tish Streeten, producer, director and editor, has been making films for more than 30 years. She was born and grew up in Oxford, England and for ten years after leaving school, she worked all over Europe as an organic farmer, gardener and herbalist. Today Tish runs Queen Mab’s CSM (Community Supported Herbal Medicine) which offers members home made, locally grown herbal medicines. Tish is the mother of a teenage girl, Tulsi.
Mab Films, founded in 1985, was originally called Mabinogion Films. The Mabinogion are a collection of ancient Welsh stories, set in an otherworldly “landscape full of white horses that appear magically, giants, beautiful, intelligent women and heroic men” (BBC). Some of the earliest stories of Merlin and Arthur have come from the Mabinogion. The name, Mabinogion is thought to mean a tale or storytelling.
Since people had difficulty pronouncing Mabinogion, the company’s name was shortened to Mab Films. Queen Mab is a fairy referred to in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. She is a tiny creature “no bigger than an agate-stone” whose chariot is an empty hazelnut. She is a mid-wife of dreams and as Shelly writes in Queen Mab, A Philosophical Poem, “I am the Fairy Mab: to me ’tis given, the wonders of the human world to keep.”
That’s the aim for Mab Films - to tell stories and to keep the wonders of the world!