Our Seeds Documentary

September 2008 Seed Savers released their first film, “Our Seeds", a 57 minute documentary that celebrates traditional food plants people that grow them.
DVD_format
“Our Seeds” has been shown several times on national television in American Samoa and Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. Excerpts have been shown on national television in Serbia, Malaysia and Taiwan, Japan and Portugal.
Filming urban gardeners, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 2009

Filming urban gardeners, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 2009

Indigenous farmers around the world face increasing pressure from agribusiness corporations that push their uniform seeds. Many of these varieties require costly inputs such as pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

This one hour documentary will help you if you are presenting the idea of a Local Seed Network in your region.

Michel interviewing in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 2009.

Michel interviewing in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 2009.

Seed Savers directors, Michel and Jude Fanton, shot the film in eleven countries of Europe, Asia and Oceania. It features Pacific islanders who face great challenges: replacing innumerable varieties of root staples with modern hybrids that require pesticides and chemical fertilizers; importing low-quality starch thereby risking losing their resilient food crops.
Our Seeds” addresses the problems of globalised food based on hybrids that require pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. The film shows how individuals and small groups have solved these problems. The film introduces those who stand at the source of humanity’s diverse food heritage. It is a David and Goliath story where resilience and persuasive logic triumph over seemingly invincible forces that control much of our food.

Michel filming Dame Carole Kidu, while she addressed a meeting of Girl Guides, near in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 2009.

Michel filming Dame Carole Kidu, while she addressed a meeting of Girl Guides, near in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 2009.

Seed Savers directors, Michel and Jude Fanton shot a hundred and sixty hours in eleven countries: Spain, France, Italy, India, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
The film features Pacific islanders as they face great challenges to their way of life, their culture and their traditional cultivation systems. They fall into the same traps as we do:- they replace innumerable varieties of root staples with modern hybrids that require pesticides and chemical fertilisers; they import low quality starch such as white rice, biscuits and noodles and risk losing their resilient food crops. This film seeks to reverse this trend.

Informative motion graphics and a rich sound track of mostly indigenous music recorded in the making of the film.
Showing "Our Seeds" to male Cultural Guardians in Museum, Vanuatu, 2008

Showing “Our Seeds” to male Cultural Guardians in Museum, Vanuatu, 2008

Audio options are original English soundtrack and Pacific Pigin. Subtitle options are English, French & Spanish.

We have allowed TV networks all over the Pacific to broadcast the film including in the Solomons, Vanuatu, Samoa, American Samoa and Papua New Guinea. It has become very popular and shown repeatedly, for example One Television in the Solomons showed it fifteen times in May 2009.

We are looking for people interested in creating new translations and subtitles, please contact us if you are interested in getting involved. Join the team of people who have also translated some of our work in their mother language.

Purchase a copy of “Our Seeds” or get it for a fraction of the price with a copy of the best selling The Seed Savers Handbook.