August 25, 2019
Wild Relatives: Screening and Conversation
Jumana Manna, Wild Relatives, 2018.
Documentary, 66 minutes.
Conversation at 7pm
Screening begins at 8pm
Streetsville Village Square
213 Queen St S, Mississauga, ON
In 2012, an international agricultural research centre was forced to relocate from Aleppo, Syria, to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon due to the Syrian Revolution turned war. Having left behind its seed bank, the research centre began a laborious process of planting their seed collection from back-ups stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Introduced by a conversation with Environmental Studies and Cinema Studies researchers, the film traces entangled global conditions of environmental destruction, and explores tensions between state and individual, industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity, witnessed through the journey of these seeds.
Jumana Manna is an artist working primarily with film and sculpture. Her work explores how power is articulated through relationships, often focusing on body and materiality in relation to narratives of state building and histories of place.