Wild Relatives

Jumana Manna
Libanon, NO, DEU, Palästina 2018
66 min

Ein Samenkorn sei wie die Liebe in den Herzen der Menschen, so ein Lyriker bei der Neueröffnung des aus Syrien in den Libanon evakuierten landwirtschaftlichen Zentrums. Der Film WILD RELATIVES dokumentiert eindrucksvoll, wie von der im norwegischen Permafrost angelegten Saatgutbank erstmals Pflanzensamen aus Aleppo entnommen, zur Vermehrung in den Libanon und wieder zurück transportiert werden. Durch das Prisma der syrischen Katastrophe sowie der global sich unterschiedlich auswirkenden Probleme Artensterben und Klimawandel betrachtet, wird das Bewahren und Weitergeben lokalen Saatguts zu einem Akt des Widerstands. (Maria Marchetta)


“Refugee business is more profitable than agriculture,” says a young farmer in Jumana Manna’s art film, which follows the process of preserving seeds in the Global Vault Bank against disaster. In a way, the underground vaults are a metaphor for our dietary conscience: In today’s world, how often do we know the origins of our produce, or the forces behind its cultivation? Manna takes us to Lebanon, where refugee lab workers painstakingly package seeds that had once been brought from Aleppo to Norway and then back to the Middle East, to renovate the fields. Due to the region’s instability these seeds end up again in European care. Norway’s verdant pastures are far from the torment of the Arab world, yet Manna makes a subtle point that nothing in agriculture is as neutral as scientific labs, and their sterile procedures, would have us believe. Instead, the perennial imbalance of power, ideology and market forces make farming unsustainable, and along with it, threaten social progress. The mostly objective observational camera nevertheless captures singular instants of beauty – breathtaking landscapes that some take for granted, and others see as a paradise that will soon be lost. (Ela Bittencourt)

WILD RELATIVES - Trailer from KLE on Vimeo.

  • Ghinwa Salhab
  • Youssef Amer
  • Sawsan Tawkaz
  • Mohamed Fawzy Nawar
  • Ola
  • Sawsan
  • Amal
  • Reem Bayan
  • Alya
  • Khaled Eraji
  • Leif Magne Helgesen
  • Kim Holmen
  • Walid El- Youssef
  • Fadda
  • Mahmoud
  • Areej
  • Hamid
  • Ibrahim
  • Ali
  • Jumana Manna
  • Marte Vold
  • Philippe Ciompi
  • Katrin Ebersohn
  • Mari Kvien Brunvoll
Jumana Manna, Aldeles, Ginger Beirut Productions

Jumana Manna

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