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Wild Relatives

Wild Relatives
Documentary | 2018 | NR. 1hr 6min
DIRECTOR: Jumana Manna 2018 Tacoma Film Festival Official Selection


Deep in the earth beneath 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.

West Coast Premiere

Science on Screen

carrie woodsThere will be a special presentation from Carrie L. Woods prior to the film screening as part of our Science on Screen series.

Carrie L. Woods is an Assistant Professor at the University of Puget Sound. She is a plant community ecologist who studies the influence of habitat heterogeneity on plant biodiversity and composition as well as how plant communities are impacted by disturbances, such as climate change and deforestation. She conducts field-based research in both tropical and temperate rainforests, including the Olympic rainforests in Washington State.

Screenings will be held at The Grand Cinema.

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