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Marianne Bänziger

Marianne Bänziger
A visionary scientist and one of the leading experts on maize

Zachary Muthamia

Zachary Muthamia
The director of the Kenyan National Seed Bank

David Battisti

David Battisti
A passionate climatologist with a global outlook from the University of Washington

David Lobell

David Lobell
A renowned agricultural ecologist from Stanford University

Cary Fowler

Cary Fowler
The initiator of the Svalbard Vault and executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai
Nobel Peace Prize winner and political activist based in Nairobi, Kenya

Ola Westengen

Ola Westengen
Co-ordinator of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway


Produced and Directed by
Mirjam von Arx

Written and Directed by
Katharina von Flotow

Elia Lyssy

Janet Mccaig Taylor

Marc von Stürler

Original Score
Adrian Frutiger
Fabian Sturzenegger

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Sound Editing / Sound Design
Christian Beusch

Story Consultant
Kaspar Kasics

Additional Camera
mari tefre
clare kemp
dan celius

Additional Sound
joshua pitt
mirjam von arx

Post Production Services
andromeda film

Paul Avondet

Sound Studio

News Footage
AP Archive

Photograph Ted Turner

Graphic Design
Chris Eggli

Voice Recording

Translation Services
Christine Künzler
Teresa Go
Karin Geitlinger
Stephen Ngure Mugo

Jane Eller

Production Assistants
Manuela Ruggeri
Diana Frei

Svalnardo Jentan

Interview Locations
Stanford University, Palo Alto
UNIS University Centre in Svalbard
Mary Ann’s Polarrigg
Svalbard Museum

Produced by
ican films gmbh

Coproduced by
ZDF in association with ARTE
Martin Pieper

Schweizer Fernsehen
Urs Augstburger

SRG SSR idée suisse
Alberto Chollet

Funded by
Zürcher Filmstiftung
George Foundation
Migros Kulturprozent
Bundesamt für Kultur

Developed with the support of
Media Programme of the
European Community


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