Seed heritage is the subject of “Seed: The Untold Story,” to be screened at Reel Pizza Cinerama on Sept. 17 and 18. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLECTIVE EYE FILMS

Story of seeds to be told

BAR HARBOR — The award-winning documentary “Seed: The Untold Story” will be shown at the Reel Pizza Cinerama on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18.

According to National Geographic, a staggering 94 percent of vegetable seeds have disappeared in the last century. As renowned naturalist and author Gary Paul Nabhan put it, “Many of our seeds today are as endangered as a panda or polar bear.”

In “Seed: The Untold Story,” documentarians Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz (“Queen of the Sun,” “The Real Dirt on Farmer John”) tell a little-known but crucial story of our 12,000-year seed heritage. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of the world’s seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers fight a David-and-Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

The film has won the Discovery Channel Environmental Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest in England, the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival, Best in Festival at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival and the Green Planet Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Siegel, Betz and their nonprofit Collective Eye Films are dedicated to building community-based social change movements around their films. “Seed” is launching in theaters around the country in partnership with organizations in each city. Each theatrical opening is not only a film screening, but a community event featuring local organizations who engage audiences to make a difference in their community.


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