SEED: The Untold Story, directed and produced by award-winning filmmakers Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz, follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy.
Following the success of their earlier films, QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are The Bees Telling Us? and THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN (directed by Taggart Siegel), the award-winning documentary SEED: The Untold Story completes a trilogy of films that uncovers the invisible connections between our food and the natural world.
SEED will open at Cinema Village in New York on September 23, and at Laemmle Monica in Los Angeles on September 30. A national release will follow.
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. A cadre of ten agrichemical companies (including Syngenta, Bayer, and Monsanto) now controls more than two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Genetically modified crops (GMOs) engineered dominate farmers’ fields and dinner tables in the United States and countries around the world.
More than a cautionary tale of “man against nature,” the remarkable story of seeds is an epic “good-versus-evil” saga playing out in our modern lives. For eons, cultures around the world have believed seeds to be our birthright: a covenant with the earth shared by all and passed down across generations. But today, our seeds are increasingly private property held in corporate hands. Farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. These reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
The story of our seeds is a defining story of our time. Caught between the runaway juggernaut of industrial agriculture and the ecological, cultural, and spiritual destruction in its wake, seeds offer us a profound chance to restore mutual harmony between people and planet. They are the eternal promise of an abundant new world waiting to be born.
SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.