Embark on a cinematic odyssey through the heart of Africa's modern-day food and agriculture saga in The Last Seed. Through a symphony of evocative music, mesmerizing dance, and captivating visuals, the film delves into the profound themes of seed sovereignty and the delicate balance between humanity and the planet.
Witness the struggles and triumphs of African small-scale food producers as they navigate the complex web of science, politics, and economics surrounding the corporate capture crisis. Enlightening insights from experts shed light on the perilous state of our food systems and the urgent need for change.
However, amidst the challenges, there is hope. Meet the agroecological farmers who, with wisdom and resilience, embrace sustainable and adaptable agricultural practices. Their testimonies resonate with wisdom worth exploring, offering a glimpse of a better way forward.
As the film reaches its crescendo, it leaves us with an uplifting finale. Senegalese women rise up, fueled by unwavering determination to safeguard their seeds and indigenous knowledge for future generations.
The Last Seed challenges us with profound questions for our time: what have we lost, and who can show us the path to a more harmonious relationship with our planet?
Andréa Gema is a South African filmmaker who has worked in the film and advertising industry for over 10 years, taking a special interest in making sure complex stories are told in an engaging and refreshing way. Having volunteered with multiple NGOs throughout her life, she readily took this opportunity to combine her film skills with the hope of change, by depicting this important story for both African and international audiences to see.
Jan Urhahn coordinates the Food Sovereignty Programme of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Johannesburg, South Africa. He mainly works on topics such as farmworkers’ rights, the impacts of hazardous pesticides, seed ownership, and Green Revolution approaches versus viable alternatives such as agroecology.
Refiloe Joala is the Food Sovereignty programme manager in the Southern Africa Regional Office of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is particularly interested in the nature and outcomes of changing agro-food systems within the context of growing corporate control in Southern Africa, and she also works on seed sovereignty and farmworkers’ rights in the region.
Famara Diédhiou has over 15 years’ professional experience working mostly in rural development in African countries, particularly in the establishment of community seed and cereal banks, organising women’s groups for urban-rural partners. As West Africa based program officer under the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), Famara Diédhiou is active in various networks to advance the food sovereignty struggle and African driven solutions.