An inspiring film about how people get hands on for seed sovereignty in Europe

A Story of Seed Savers and Seed Defenders

SEED ACT tells the stories of the women and men that dedicate their lives and work to preserving and defending our farm seed heritage. In a world choked by restrictive laws that give precedence to the commercial and intellectual property rights of transnational companies over humanity’s historic and sacred right to freely sow, reap and exchange natural seeds, saving seeds has become a political act.



SEED ACT consists of about 8 different acts or parts, each one allowing us to peek behind the scenes of an inspiring project or life’s work in several corners of Europe, to discover who is acting to preserve our seed heritage and our right to seed. These are the people who dare to stand their ground despite a legal framework that increasingly criminalises those that save their own seeds, because they believe seeds are as much a precious as a public good.
This documentary is intended to be an act in itself, one that we hope will help sprout imaginations, motivations and the engagement in the cause of seed freedom, through the real life examples of seed savers and defenders. Through the eyes of our seed heroines and heroes, we question the role of seeds and farming in our modern societies, the threats posed by intensive agriculture and highly concentrated global markets, and the impact of intellectual property right regimes on farm communities and on the right to seed.
We wish SEED ACT to be used as an inspiration, a window to a more nature-based and collaborative world, and as a tool for food advocacy and active citizenship.

SEED ACT is an action film: aiming to study what happens in our complex world, by contributing to its change. It is an engaged documentary film, in defence of traditional seeds and in support of the work of seed savers. SEED ACT will stimulate throughout the whole project strong community engagement, by involving food sovereignty, seed saving and related campaigns and groups in the film from the start, in several countries. The film will be promoted through these groups, who may use it to raise awareness. The separate acts of SEED ACT will be distributed freely as well as through cinema or TV, if possible, to reach the widest possible audience. On our website we will publish information in an ongoing manner, about the production, but also about the characters and the issues. Supporters of the film can donate time or money to help make the project a reality.

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