It is a story where resilience and persuasive logic triumph over seemingly invincible forces that control much of our food.
So while Avatar and its message of sustainable living and natives being saved by the White Alien continues to dominate the worldwide box-office, we suggest catching a screening or ordering the DVD of Our Seeds, a film that tells a story of tiny little things that have great impact on all of us here on Earth.
Three minute trailer of “Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi”
“Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi” celebrates the guardians of biodiversity of plants, in farming and feasting cultures around the world.
Indigenous farmers around the world face increasing pressure from agribusiness corporations that push their low-diversity seed stock. Many of these varieties require costly inputs such as pesticides and chemical fertilisers.Seed Savers directors, Michel and Jude Fanton, shot the film in eleven countries of Europe, Asia and Oceania. It features Pacific islanders who face great challenges: replacing innumerable varieties of root staples with modern hybrids that require pesticides and chemical fertilizers; importing low-quality starch thereby risking losing their resilient food crops.
There are developed instructive motion graphics and a rich sound track, mostly indigenous music recorded on-location. Audio is English and Pacific Pidgin. Subtitles, English and French.
“Our Seeds” has been shown several times on national television in the two Samoas, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.
Screening in Santa Barbara in January. Check in at Santa Barbara’s Permaculture Network http://www.sbpermaculture.org .