Wild Relatives

Showings

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Thu, Sep 13, 2018 1:45 PM
Film Info
Director:Jumana Manna
Year of Production:2018
Premiere Status:California Premiere
Topic:Biodiversity
Climate Action
Healthy Food Systems
Science & Technology
Country:Lebanon
Norway
Germany
Running Time:66 min.

Description

Deep in the earth beneath the Norwegian permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Global Seed Vault to provide a backup should disaster strike. For the first time ever, seeds held there from a major gene bank in Aleppo are now being replicated, after its holdings were left behind when the institution had to move to Lebanon due to the civil war.


It is refugees from Syria who are carrying out this painstaking work in the fields of the Beqaa Valley. In the Levant, dry conditions and the power of global agricultural corporations are the biggest challenge, while in the Arctic Circle – where the seed vault was supposed to withstand anything – it is rising temperatures and melting glaciers.


Wild Relatives loosely links together different narratives and biographies, opening up a space to reflect on biodiversity, resilience, global justice and climate change, as well as disasters caused by human hand and the ambivalent efforts made to overcome them. Beauty and horror lie close together in the Anthropocene, just as they do in this film’s outstanding images.


Environmental Award Winner at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018.


View the trailer at http://cineuropa.org/it/videoembed/356785/rdid/346970/


Jumana MannaJumana Manna is a Palestinian artist working primarily with film and sculpture. Manna received a BFA from the National Academy of Arts in Oslo and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from California Institute of the Arts. She has participated in multiple festivals and exhibitions, including the Viennale International Film Festival, BAFICI, IFFR Rotterdam, Tate Modern, Marrakech Biennale 6 and The Nordic Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale. Manna was awarded the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Palestinian Artist Award in 2012, the Ars Viva Prize for Visual Arts and was nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst in 2017.

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