Public Screening of Jumana Manna’s Film Wild Relatives and Discussion Event With Curator Zofia Cielatkowska
Organised and presented by SCAN
Friday 4th October 2019, 18:00 – 19.30
The Worm, 11 Castle Street, AB11 5BQ

Booking is free but registration is encouraged. To register click here.

Zofia Cielatkowska has selected Jumana Manna’s film Wild Relatives (2018) to screen at Peacock. Wild Relatives explores the recreation of a seed bank 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.

Following the path of this transaction of seeds between the Arctic and Lebanon, Wild Relatives captures the articulation between this large-scale international initiative and its local implementation in the Bekaa Valley, carried out primarily by young migrant women. The meditative pace of the scenes are a succession of processes, partially-scripted dialogues, and observations that tease out tensions between state and individual, industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Zofia Cielatkowska about postcolonial ecologies.

photo: Film Still From Jumana Manna’s Film Wild Relatives (2018)