SEED ACT – de documentaire

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Een inspirerend verhaal over mensen die zaden bewaren en verdedigen

In de wereld van vandaag, verstikt door strakke wetgevingen die grijpgrage multinationals en hun intellectuele eigendomsrechten bevoorrechten ten opzichte van het aloude en sacrale recht zelf vrij te zaaien, oogsten en zaden te ruilen, is het telen van je eigen zaaigoed een politieke daad geworden.

Toch vinden we in de marges van onze samenlevingen, in allerlei verschillende contexten, moedige activisten en enthousiastelingen, paraat om vrije zaden te beschermen. SEED ACT bestaat uit een achttal verschillende scènes, acts, die ons elk afzonderlijk een inkijk geven in de manieren waarop deze mensen en organisaties in verschillende Europese landen zich inzetten voor vrij zaaigoed. Mensen die niet bang zijn voor de voortschrijdende criminalisering rond zaden, maar geloven dat deze wonderlijke levensdragers gemeengoed moeten blijven. Meer lezen

SEED ACT Documentary Film

An engaged international documentary for action: the lives and projects of seed savers and defenders

A Story of Seed Savers and Seed Defenders

SEED ACT tells the stories of the women and men that dedicate their lives and work to preserving and defending our farm seed heritage. In a world choked by restrictive laws that give precedence to the commercial and intellectual property rights of transnational companies over humanity’s historic and sacred right to freely sow, reap and exchange natural seeds, saving seeds has become a political act.

At the fringes of our European societies that seem mostly blind to the threats to these fundamental resources, we find brave activists and practitioners from very diverse backgrounds, working in very diverse contexts, all of them ready to act in defence of our seeds.
SEED ACT consists of about 8 different acts or parts, each one allowing us to peek behind the scenes of an inspiring project or life’s work in several corners of Europe, to discover who is acting to preserve our seed heritage and our right to seed. These are the people who dare to stand their ground despite a legal framework that increasingly criminalises those that save their own seeds, because they believe seeds are as much a precious as a public good.
This documentary is intended to be an act in itself, one that we hope will help sprout imaginations, motivations and the engagement in the cause of seed freedom, through the real life examples of seed savers and defenders. Through the eyes of our seed heroines and heroes, we question the role of seeds and farming in our modern societies, the threats posed by intensive agriculture and highly concentrated global markets, and the impact of intellectual property right regimes on farm communities and on the right to seed.
We wish SEED ACT to be used as an inspiration, a window to a more nature-based and collaborative world, and as a tool for food advocacy and active citizenship. Read more

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