11 aM SATURDAY JUNE 3, GAIETY THEATRE, WAIROA
11 AM SUNDAY JUNE 4, KAHUNGUNU MARAE, NUHAKA
(slow cinema annex)
SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY
Directors Jon Betz & Taggart Siegel 2016 90 minutes USA
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Like tiny time capsules, they contain the songs, sustenance, memories, and medicines of entire cultures. They feed us, clothe us, and provide the raw materials for our everyday lives. In a very real sense, they are life itself.
Yet in our modern world, these precious gifts of nature are in grave danger. In less than a century of industrial agriculture, our once abundant seed diversity—painstakingly created by ancient farmers and gardeners over countless millennia—has been drastically winnowed down to a handful of mass-produced varieties. Under the spell of industrial “progress” and a lust for profit, our quaint family farmsteads have given way to mechanized agribusinesses sowing genetically identical crops on a monstrous scale.
Executive produced by Academy Award nominated actress Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine) and Phil Fairclough ( Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams ).