Seeds, tiny nuclei that spring forth life, are gifts from our ancestors that transcend space and time. These minuscule pods are essential to the continuation and advancement of all life forms, however we continue to experience a seed crisis of colossal proportions.
In a capitalistic bid to turn seeds into commodities, global bio-technological corporations like Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta hybridise and patent seeds, compromising their genetic variance and undercutting food diversity. By homogenising and contaminating the food we eat, many irreplaceable seed varieties dwindle every year and render us increasingly vulnerable to famine and disease.
Crafted with love, SEED: The Untold Story is imbued with a veneration for the natural magic and wonder of seeds. By showcasing these stories of sanguinity and strength, this visually arresting documentary will inspire viewers to unearth the true power of seeds to sustain, and enrich our lives.
“The film shines when it highlights the ancient farming practices of peoples like the Ojibwe and Hopi, when it explores the care and cosmology of what it means to be a steward of seeds. It shines when it looks at the environmental justice issues stemming from the production of genetically modified food.” – Sydney Brownstone, The Stranger
SEED: The Untold Story
As our Closing Night film EFFA is proud to present SEED: The Untold Story; an uplifting piece of cinema that celebrates the dedicated seed-guardians, independent farmers, community seed-bank organisers, activists and academics alike that have taken on the responsibility of ensuring that as many seeds as possible are protected from extinction.
By combining ancient practices with scientific acui13.ty, these individuals all play their part to protect the diversity of our agricultural heritage. SEED joyously mixes portraits of these quirky characters with fascinating interviews from legendary environmentalists Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Pate, and features sequences of splendidly inventive animation throughout, painting a colourful and compelling picture of the current state of the global seed industry.