The Last Seed focuses on broad themes relating to the state of food and agriculture in Africa in the twenty-first century. Placing the struggle for the control of seeds at the centre, it explains the processes that have led to this moment in human history and what it would take to interact with the planet in a way that does not threaten the very basis of life on earth.
The film raises two fundamental questions — what have we lost, and who can show us a better way? — and answers these questions using music, dance, moving visuals, and the lived experiences and stories of African small-scale food producers.
Experts outline the extent of the corporate capture crisis and explain the underlying science, politics and economics in simple terms, punctuated by vibrant animations.
Agroecological farmers from various African nations give testimony on the sustainability and adaptability of their agricultural practices and share morsels of wisdom worth exploring.
The film ends on an upbeat note as Senegalese women rise up, determined to protect their seeds and indigenous knowledge for future generations.
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.
The Last Seed - Johannesburg screening and reception
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When: Friday, 4 August 2023 at 17:30
Where: Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood Johannesburg, 2193
The Last Seed South Africa premiere and event
Join us for the South African premiere of The Last Seed, a documentary feature film on the past and future of African food and agriculture.
Film premiere of The Last Seed followed by a discussion and reception
The Last Seed is a documentary feature film showing how the past and the future of African agriculture are threatened, with a focus on struggles over the control of seeds.
Der Dokumentarfilm The Last Seed zeigt, wie das Erbe und die Zukunft der afrikanischen Landwirtschaft bedroht sind.
I Call It an 'Edu-Science Musical'
Director Andréa Gema on the making and message of The Last Seed.
The Seeds Africa Needs
Famara Diédhiou on seed struggle in Africa and what The Last Seed documentary feature film can achieve