Wild Relatives

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Wild Relatives

Jumana Manna
Libanon/NO/D/Palästina, 2018
Features, 66min, OmeU

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Wild Relatives

Jumana Manna
Libanon/NO/D/Palästina, 2018
Features, 66min, OmeU

Mit: 
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
Drehbuch: 
Jumana Manna
Ton: 
Philippe Ciompi
Kamera: 
Marte Vold
Schnitt: 
Katrin Ebersohn
Musik: 
Mari Kvien Brunvoll

Produktion: 
Jumana Manna
Aldeles
Ginger Beirut Productions
Weltvertrieb: 
Jumana Manna
Format: 
DCP
Farbe

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.

Jumana Manna BLESSED BLESSED OBLIVION (2010), THE UMPIRE WHISPERS (2010), THE GOODNESS REGIME (2013), A MAGICAL SUBSTANCE FLOWS INTO ME (2016)