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Wild Relatives

 

Synopsis

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.

 

Director & Producer: Jumana Manna

Co-Producer: Elisabeth Kleppe/Aldeles AS

Language: Arabic, Norwegian, English with English subtitles

Country: Lebanon, Norway, Germany

Duration: 66 min

2018