Bitter Seeds, a documentary film by Micha X. Peled, is showing during the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York, NY on June 22 at 6:30 pm.
Written by: Andy Meyers, Working Films Campaign Coordinator
This award winning documentary looks at the production-consumption chain of genetically engineered Bt cotton grown in India and the resulting epidemic of farmer suicides – which occur at the alarming rate of one every 30 minutes. The story is lead by Manjusha Amberwar, a young journalist, whose own father ended his life after growing Bt cotton. She investigates the cause of this epidemic, and hopes to draw attention to the plight of farmers and bring an end to this tragedy.
Featuring strong story-telling, stunning cinematography and memorable characters, the film gives viewers new education on GMO seeds and insight on the global ambitions of Monsanto. In its International premiere at IDFA (Amsterdam), the world’s most important documentary film festival, Bitter Seeds won two awards: The Oxfam Global Justice Award and the Green Screen Competition Award. The film also won the Green Film Festival Jury Award in Seoul, South Korea.
A recent Filmmaker Magazine article on Bitter Seeds leads with outreach potential, tying it to the on-line viral petition campaigns against Monsanto. Filmmaker underscores the importance of taking the film to crucial and tactical audiences: “Bitter Seeds is among the most subtle and artful condemnations of the food industry’s Darth Vader. The end result is an indictment of the agricultural biotech industry tightly wrapped within a gripping character-based narrative.”
This New York premiere of Bitter Seeds will be screened at 6:30 pm on June 22, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. After the screening, join the film’s director, Micha Peled, along with The International Program Director of The Center for Food Safety, Debi Barker, in a Q&A about the issues of GMOs both internationally and locally.
Details and ticket sales can be found here.
For more information about the event screening, contact:
Andy Myers, Working Films Campaign Coordinator
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