Accessibility Links

Wild Relatives

Documentary 1h 4m 2018

Deep in the earth beneath the Arctic permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to provide a backup should disaster strike. Wild Relatives starts from an event that has sparked media interest worldwide: in 2012 an international agricultural research center was forced to relocate from Aleppo to Lebanon due to the Syrian Revolution turned war, and began a laborious process of planting their seed collection from the Svalbard back-ups. Following the path of this transaction of seeds between the Arctic and Lebanon, a series of encounters unfold a matrix of human and non-human lives between these two distant spots of the earth. It captures the articulation between this large-scale international initiative and its local implementation in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, carried out primarily by young migrant women. The meditative pace patiently teases out tensions between state and individual, industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity, witnessed through the journey of these seeds.

Check out the Filmmaker Q&A with Director Jumana Manna on Sunday, October 3 at 9:00am EDT! Click on the “Festival Event Space” link above to access.

Director

Jumana Manna

Cinematography

Marte Vold

Editing

Katrin Ebersohn

Producer

Jumana Manna

Sound

Karine Bacha

Composition

Mari Kvien Brunvoll

Sound Design

Philippe Ciompi

Line Producer in Lebanon

Malek Hosni

Title and Credits Design

Fadi Baki

Languages

Arabic, Norwegian

Subtitles

English

Country

Palestine

Studio

Aldeles