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Wild Relatives: Screening and Conversation

Jumana Manna, Wild Relatives, 2018

Documentary, 66 minutes


August 25, 2019
Conversation at 7pm
Screening begins at 8pm


Streetsville Village Square
213 Queen St S, Mississauga, ON


In 2012, an international agricultural research centre was forced to relocate from Aleppo, Syria, to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon due to the Syrian Revolution turned war. Having left behind its seed bank, the research centre began a laborious process of planting their seed collection from back-ups stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Introduced by a conversation with Environmental Studies and Cinema Studies researchers, the film traces entangled global conditions of environmental destruction, and explores tensions between state and individual, industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity, witnessed through the journey of these seeds.


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Jumana Manna is an artist working primarily with film and sculpture. Her work explores how power is articulated through relationships, often focusing on body and materiality in relation to narratives of state building and histories of place.

Justin Podur is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. In addition to his scientific publications, he is the author of Haiti’s New Dictatorship and the upcoming novel, Siegebreakers.

Sara Saljoughi is Assistant Professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. Her areas of research include international cinemas, film theory, postcolonial theory, and migration and diaspora studies. She is co-editor of the book 1968 and Global Cinema. Currently she is writing a book on the aesthetics and politics of cinema in Iran during the 1960s and 1970s.