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Wild Relatives
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Thu, Sep 13, 2018 1:45 PM

Jumana Manna, Lebanon/Norway/Germany. A transportation of seeds between the Arctic and Lebanon unfolds a complex matrix of people and plant lives between two distant spots of the earth.

Film Info
Director:Emily Thomas
Lauren Schwartzman
Year of Production:2017
Topic:SF Bay Area Filmmaker
Healthy Food Systems
Indigenous People
Women's Environmental Leadership
Running Time:6 min.


Sisters Carmelina and Flora Ramos Garcia, both in their late 50s, have been growing some of the world's best coffee in the Western Highlands of Guatemala for over 30 years. But over the last five years, climate change-related impacts including coffee leaf fungus and severe drought have decimated the country's crop, eliminating over 100,000 jobs in Guatemala between 2012-16. This dramatic shift has spurred more out-migration of males and youth to the U.S. – including Flora & Carmelina's children – leaving them behind to face a new normal.

Expected Guests: Directors Lauren Schwarzman and Emily Thomas

Lauren Schwartzman

Lauren Schwartzman is a freelance video producer and documentary filmmaker. Her work has been published by outlets including the San Francisco Chronicle and Women in the World. In May 2018 she received her master’s degree in documentary film from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Emily ThomasEmily Thomas is a documentary filmmaker, DP, producer and journalist. As a news editor for The Huffington Post, she covered breaking news, digital trends, women’s issues and social impact stories. She holds a masters degree from documentary program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.