Wild Relatives

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    Wild Relatives

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    Germany, Lebanon, Norway


    68 min

    • English
    • Arabic
    • Norwegian


    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.


    • New: Vision Award - CPH:DOX
    • Environmental Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest


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    Jumana Manna
    Marte Vold
    Katrin Ebersohn
    Jumana Manna

    Jumana Manna


    Jumana Manna is a Palestinian artist working primarily in film and sculpture. Manna received a BFA from the National Academy of Arts in Oslo and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from California Institute of the Arts. Her 2015 documentary A MAGICAL SUBSTANCE FLOWS INTO ME (Berlinale Forum 2016) won the Films on Art Competition at the New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw. Her latest documentary, WILD RELATIVES, received the New:Vision Award at CPH:DOX and the Environmental Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

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