SEED: The Untold Story (educational)

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Directed and Produced by: Taggart Siegel & Jon Betz
Executive Producers: Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub & Phil Fairclough
Released: 2016 / 94 min. + 58 min. classroom version
Language:  English, 
Subjects: Environmental Studies, Agricultural Studies, Conservation & Recreation, Human Rights, Anthropology

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona LaDuke and Raj Patel.
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  • Winner - ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD - Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Winner - GREEN PLANET AWARD - Rhode Island Film Festival
  • Winner - BEST DOCUMENTARY - Nashville Film Festival
  • Winner - BEST IN FESTIVAL - Princeton Environmental Film Fest
  • Winner - ECOHERO AWARD - Portland EcoFilm Festival
  • Winner - BEST DOCUMENTARY - Lunenberg Doc Fest
  • Winner - AUDIENCE AWARD - Lunenberg Doc Fest
  • Winner - HONORABLE MENTION - Cine Eco Portugal
  • Winner - AUDIENCE AWARD - American Conservation Film Festival
  • Winner - BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - United Nations Film Festival
  • Official Selection - BEST OF FESTS - IDFA 

Press Quotes

"A superb documentary... visually stunning...A model of scientific insight, story-telling and cinematic panache that reminds us that the future of life under capitalism is guarded at best."
- Rec.Arts.Movie.Reviews
"[SEED] is a gorgeously made film, put together with as much care as it’s subjects devote to saving the remaining varieties of seeds.”
- Los Angeles Times
“The frightening beauty of SEED is the clarity with which it defines the mission of seed-savers – maintaining agricultural diversity for future generations, whatever the world they inherit; it’s bluntly persuasive.”
- Film Journal International
“A visual song. Betz and Siegel take things that most people see as mundane… and make them sensuous, dazzling and stunning. It’s hard to make an imperfect thing that has come from the ground look as precious as the rarest of gems, but that’s what this film does.”
- Leah’s Movie Low Down
“This film stands out as one of the most important films to screen at this year’s [Sheffield Documentary] Festival. This film is elegantly structured…a delicate balance between doom and gloom and hope for the future. With compelling storytelling and illuminating the passion and solid scientific evidence behind the argument presented in the film. Highly Recommended”
- Kino-Eye
“A call to arms about the need for seed diversity…takes audiences on a gorgeously filmed and creatively animated adventure…seen through the eyes of a colorful cast of characters.”
- Idaho Mountain Express