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NTSC | 94 min | All Regions | English Closed Captions & Spanish, French, Italian subtitles
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.
Directed and Produced by: Taggart Siegel & Jon Betz
Executive Producers: Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub & Phil Fairclough
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
...and 9 more!
"The most essential, illuminating and enraging film since Food, Inc." - NYC Movie Guru
"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."
"Engaging and polished...a handsome and nutrient-rich look at efforts to preserve food-system biodiversity." - The Hollywood Reporter
"[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
“Rare documentary from filmmakers who are not just capable but also in love with their craft...a wonder..." - Village Voice
“This film takes what might seem like a mundane subject matter and turns it into a political and social issue chock-full of characters who could be pulled from a Robinson Crusoe Adventure Book...A film that offers exquisite surprises." - Missoulian Independent
“A boldly creative and ethically robust documentary about protecting the food supply." - Spirituality and Practice
“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”
“Ingredients of a classic tale: A beautiful, yet vulnerable protagonist, murder and devastation, corrupt villains, unsung heroes and an unshakable hope." - Vue Weekly
“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.”