Official film description
Deep in the earth beneath the Norwegian permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Global Seed Vault to provide a backup should disaster strike. For the first time ever, seeds held there from a major gene bank in Aleppo are now being replicated, after its holdings were left behind when the institution had to move to Lebanon due to the civil war. It is refugees from Syria who are carrying out this painstaking work in the fields of the Beqaa Valley. In the Levant, dry conditions and the power of global agricultural corporations are the biggest challenge, while in the Arctic Circle - where the seed vault was supposed to withstand anything - it is rising temperatures and melting glaciers.
Notes on the film
Beautifully filmed documentary in which the viewer has to use his imagination to correctly understand the loosely linked scenes. However, a little more background information and context would have done the film some good.
"Wild Relatives" is a humbling, meditative exploration of the inherent goodwill of man as well as the dark violence he is capable of. – The Upcoming
The film is trim at 70 minutes and, almost inevitably, this leaves us wanting more detail on certain things. – Eye for Film
Technical information and screening rights...
|Production:||Jumana Manna, Elisabeth Kleppe|
|Language (audio):||English, Arabic, Norwegian|
|Country of origin:||Germany, Norway, Lebanon|
|Shooting Locations:||Norway, Lebanon|
|Our age recommendation:||16|
|Screening rights:||Jumana Manna ()|