Wild Relatives follows the matrix of hierarchies and relationships involved in a transaction of seeds between the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen in Svalbard, an island in the Arctic Ocean, and the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
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I can say as an American who is used to having the news distorted and with many agendas it was refreshing to see this film. It was beautifully shot and was sympathetic as well showing the plight of the region. We are all human beings and all have problems, but we push foreward. Their were some touching and interesting moments to me such as the conversation with the priest and the other gentlemen about mankind. Good
Has some interesting bits. The dance near the end is good, but overall, who is paying for this stockpile? The $ was never mentioned and since all this seed is housed in canisters, there has to be money involved.
There are many beautifully-shot scenes in this film with many poignant moments. Humanity's interrelationships with the environment is quietly investigated in multiple manners. There are some inconsistencies in choices of scenes and shots, but overall a nicely paced journey.
Moments of irresistibly poignancy: Girls dancing in the fields, a father assisting his toddler son putting on his sandals, two older men circumambulating a wooden structure; but there is, at times, a confusing lack of narrative coherence, discussions of ICARDA and global seed vaults mix in haphazardly with the pastoral landscapes of the Bekaa Valley and Norway. Touching and slightly confusing.