Saturday 29 May 10:00am – Saturday 26 June 6:00pm, 2021

Cinema: Wild Relatives, Jumana Manna, 2018.

Date Saturday 29 May – Saturday 26 June 2021
Time 10:00am – 6:00pm
Location Artspace Aotearoa, 292 Karangahape Rd - Cinema
Entry Free and open to all
Part of Slow Boil

This cinema programme is part of the Slow Boil Exhibition currently showing at Artspace Aotearoa (Until 7 August 2021).

Wild Relatives
Jumana Manna
HD video

Deep in the earth beneath the Arctic permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to provide a backup should disaster strike. Wild Relatives starts from an event that has sparked media interest worldwide: in 2012 an international agricultural research center was forced to relocate from Aleppo to Lebanon due to the Syrian Revolution turned war, and began a laborious process of planting their seed collection from the Svalbard back ups. Following the path of this transaction of seeds between the Arctic and Lebanon, a series of encounters unfold a matrix of human and non-human lives between these two distant spots of the earth. It captures the articulation between this large-scale international initiative and its local implementation in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, carried out primarily by young migrant women. The meditative pace patiently teases out tensions between state and individual, industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity, witnessed through the journey of these seeds.

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