2.Dh5 Festival & Reclaim the Seeds Festival – Film screening
February 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The 2.Dh5 Festival returns to Filmhuis Cavia for their upcoming festival which will be held from 23 – 25 February. It’s an annual festival for the exchange of radical ideas, strategies and practices by grassroots groups, collective projects and direct action campaigns in the Netherlands and beyond.
For the second film night, 2.Dh5 collaborates with Reclaim the Seeds and ASEED to screen a film of Jumana Manna, a visual artist and filmmaker, to recognise intersections and struggles in relation to colonial inheritances and histories of place.
Wild Relatives Jumana Manna | Lebanon, Norway | 2018 | 64’ | EN subs
Deep in the earth beneath the Arctic permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to provide a backup should a disaster strike. Wild Relatives starts from an event that has sparked media interest worldwide: in 2012 an international agricultural research center was forced to relocate from Aleppo to Lebanon due to the Syrian Revolution turned war, and began a laborious process of planting their seed collection from the Svalbard back-ups. Following the path of this transaction of seeds between the Arctic and Lebanon, a series of encounters unfold a matrix of human and non-human lives between these two distant spots of the earth. It captures the articulation between this large-scale international initiative and its local implementation in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, carried out primarily by young migrant women. The meditative pace patiently teases out tensions between state and individual, industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity, witnessed through the journey of these seeds.