In the remote Norwegian town of Longyearbyen, just 1000 kilometres from the North Pole, politicians from around the world came to celebrate the opening of the world’s first global seed bank. After years of difficult negotiations and searching for the right spot, this was deemed to be the safest place on earth. Eventually, 4,5 million seed samples will be stored in this »Doomsday Vault« and ensure the continued existence of biodiversity.
But is the dream of global food security achievable? By 2050 temperatures worldwide are expected to rise by at least 2 degrees. This will result in a 30 per cent drop in production of food crops. By this time global food demand will have doubled. How will we feed the world? Read more »
In SEED WARRIORS we hear from the scientists behind this ambitious project and examine the reality of the fight against hunger.
In Kenya, where drought is a recurring problem, we meet Zachary Muthamia, the director of the National Seed Bank, who is using the limited resources available to him to preserve his country’s existing biodiversity and send copies of Kenya’s unique plant heritage to Norway before his energy eating generators die for good. And we meet Marianne Bänziger, one of the world’s leading experts on maize. She’s using the same biodiversity to develop non-genetically modified seeds that yield 20 to 30 percent more than existing seeds and thrive in conditions of drought.
But time is running out.
SEED WARRIORS - Nomination: International Green Film Award, Cinema for Peace Gala, Berlinale 2011 »
Films on War, Environment and Blood-minerals
Among the Nominees at the Cinema for Peace Gala 2011
Movies can make a difference: At the 10. Cinema for Peace Gala on February 14 in Berlin outstanding cinematic work which highlights the human condition and human values will be honoured with the Cinema for Peace Awards. The Cinema for Peace Award for the Most Valuable Movie of the Year is selected by an independent international jury comprised of 100 film journalists, humanitarians, directors and other public figures, such as former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, human rights activist
Bianca Jagger, Participant-founder Jeff Skoll and members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
SEED WARRIORS will be shown at 20:00 on the 11th of April at the FLIZ Theater in Zug »
Finalist BaKaFORUM Cross-Media Prize for Adult Education »
The BaKaFORUM preselection, organized by SWR, took place from December 15 – 17, in Baden-Baden. The preselection jury from Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands selected the nominees from among the 97 excellent entries, submitted by broadcasters from Armenia to the USA. The BaKaFORUM competition nominees for school/youth and adults will be presented in a guided screening Best of Cross-Media@BaKaFORUM 2011 on January 28, in Basel.
SEED WARRIORS will be shown at the Kino Kiwi Scala Schaffhausen from the 22nd till the 26th of December »