It has been quite an adventure, filming in several different countries and on the road. From Portugal to France, with stops in Greece and Italy, and trips to Belgium, we have had the amazing opportunity to meet the most inspiring seed savers and seed defenders, famous (as in the case of Dr. Vandana Shiva and local heroes Dominique Guillet and Panagiotis Sainatoudis) and less famous (the peasant-miller-bakers of Longo Mai, the seed savers in Portugal), all of them inspiring. We followed them and documented their activities, creating the case studies that will be the ACTS in SEED ACT.
Three of the seed savers organisations that we were interested in (Peliti, Kokopelli and Navdanya) spontaneously thought up and managed to carry out the idea of an International Seed Caravan (https://seedfreedom.in/reports-from-the-caravan…) starting in Greece and linking seed festivals in Greece, Italy and France. This suddenly presented a unique chance to meet the main characters of SEED ACT and see them in action, together! It also led to us encountering unexpected extra characters for the stories we are telling.
In October we decided to add an extra shoot about seed activism in Portugal and we followed two deeply engaged seed savers that are spreading literal and symbolic circles of seeds in Portugal.
We have currently completed the pre-production and production phases, having filmed enough inspiring situations and characters to create a 68” film. We have also started creating musical compositions with musicians from different nationalities to develop the film’s very own soundscape.
We are now starting to embrace the big task of editing the film, both video and sound, and create the promotion materials, including a website. If we have enough funding, we aim to release the documentary early 2016.
* Our apologies for the fact that subtitles on Indiegogo don’t seem to work in all the browsers! The video has been subtitled in 7 languages by volunteers so if you can’t see the subtitles (by clicking on “CC”), watch the video here !