Seed: The Untold Story

Synopsis: SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As chemical companies control the majority of our 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.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Jon Betz (co-director), Taggart Siegel (co-director)
Production: Collective Eye
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94 min

It became this revolution,

it became this new way of

being able to feed ourselves.

It's what fueled you from

a small tribe to an empire.

Spies and traders and

anyone who was around

and saw what it was doing

grabbed a handful and took off.

It took 4,700 years to

get it to the U.S. border.

Then about a thousand years ago,

corn is everywhere in what we

now call the United States.

(moves into soft

and melodic music)

[Rowen] Corn becomes

so elastic and adaptive

that now we see corn being

grown on every continent.

As keepers of the corn,

the corn has come up with

us though our migrations,

sustaining us.

(man speaks in a Native

American language)

Our first mothers

were the Blue Corn

and White Corn women.

This is my grandmother,

my grandfather,

my mom, my dad, my

brother, my sister,

my kids, my

grandkids and myself.

We all are one.

My father said "Son,

"never, never let

go of the corn.

"When I pass on,

"carry on the way of the corn."

I've always been a

farmer all my life.

From the day that

I can remember,

I was out there with

my grandparents,

my uncles and my father.

The spiritual people

gave us the corn.

They say when the

corn hears you,

then they start dancing with

you with the leaves fluttering.

Crow, crow damage, but

we still bring it in.

Everything is brought in.

People are too attracted

to the big and beautiful.

But the Hopi woman

and man say that

even this little

one here is special,

because every corn

seed has life.

Everything is special.

And I'll plant these,

I'll plant this.

We don't throw them away.

We take care of them.

In the womb, human

people are seeds.

We see the seeds,

being planted into the

womb of the mother earth.

They may be calling me daddy

and say "Daddy, I'm glad I'm

here with you," you know,

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