Official film description...
In the remote Norwegian town of Longyearbyen, just 1000 kilometres from the North Pole, politicians from around the world came to celebrate the opening of the world’s first global seed bank. After years of difficult negotiations and searching for the right spot, this was deemed to be the safest place on earth. Eventually, 4,5 million seed samples will be stored in this »Doomsday Vault« and ensure the continued existence of biodiversity.
But is the dream of global food security achievable? By 2050 temperatures worldwide are expected to rise by at least 2 degrees. This will result in a 30 per cent drop in production of food crops. By this time global food demand will have doubled. How will we feed the world?
In SEED WARRIORS we hear from the scientists behind this ambitious project and examine the reality of the fight against hunger.
Notes on the film...
SEED WARRIORS invites you to discuss about climate change. The movie shows the consequences of climate change on people in developing contries, for instance in Kenia.
The movie startles a thinking process about the question, how agriculture can be used to keep biodiversity high and how it will help fighting hunger at the same time.
SEED WARRIORS shows very nicely, how valuable high biodiversity is. This does not only hold for exotic animals and plants but also for the everyday plants that we use to feed our selves. Just these plants are the key to feeding humanity and thus are to be treated and protected with great respect and care.
Students should use the film (or parts of it) best as a complement to their own information resources / studies efforts.
Technical information and screening rights...
Director: Mirjam von Arx and Katharina von Flotow
Production: Mirjam von Arx
Music: Adrian Frutiger, Florian Sturzenegger
Camera: Elia Lyssy, Mari Tefre, Clare Kemp
Editor: Janet Taylor
Run Time: 86 minutes
Language (Audio): English, Swiss German, Swahili
Language (Subtitles): German, French
Production country: Switerland