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.