justREEL: SEED: The Untold Story

Film & Conversation Night!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival presents justREEL Film Nights:

SEED: The Untold Story

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
River Park Church - 3818 14a St SW, Calgary, AB
FREE Admission

justREEL is a bi-monthly feature length documentary series. Now in its eleventh year, justREEL runs from September to May. 

A rare documentary from filmmakers who are not just capable but also in love with their craft. It’s a wonder of photography, animation, and sound, and it’s a testament to its editors that the
many interviews with activists and scientists are compelling and informative, sometimes even poetic.” Statement by Village Voice "The frightening beauty of Seed is the clarity with which it
defines the mission of seed savers -- maintaining agricultural diversity for future generations, whatever the world they inherit; it’s bluntly persuasive.
” - Statement by Film Journal International


Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Conversation Leader:  

Roy Beck of Sedgwick, Alberta’s Broadview Farms, is a horticulturalist who believes in preserving the past for a better future. A family farm, Roy and Broadview Farms have used methods learned formally (from his two stints in college) as well as from his father, grandfather (a self-taught horticulturalist who enjoyed breeding nut trees) and neighbors. Broadview Farms is also a strong proponent for seed saving and raising awareness of the loss of diversity with current practices. Working in research and development with a seed company, Roy has knowledge and firsthand experience in working with seed breeders, hand pollination tactics and how to avoid cross-pollination, how to clean and store the seed, and the genetic material encased within the seeds. Roy also has many friends that work for the USDA who have been willing to share their vast knowledge of seed saving techniques with Roy. Roy and Broadview Farms take part in the yearly Seedy Saturday event where seed is sold and Roy can teach others how to grow and do the same thing that he is doing. 

About Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival uses the medium of film to show recent high quality documentaries in order to draw attention to serious local & global issues. We hope audiences watch a film, stay for the discussion, and visit with local non-government groups and fair trade vendors that will be onsite.

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