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As industrial agriculture spreads around the world, many small-scale farmers are losing their land. Nowhere is the situation more desperate than in India, where every 30 minutes one farmer, deep in debt and unable to provide for his family, commits suicide. It’s an epidemic, which has claimed over a quarter million lives. BITTER SEEDS raises critical questions about the human cost of genetically modified agriculture and the future of how we grow things.
Micha X. Peled, India/USA, 88 min
Micha Peled was born and raised in Israel and is one of the few people ever to immigrate to the US by hitchhiking. His checkered career includes stints as an importer of hammocks and sheepskin jackets, a prison guard, a freelance journalist, a director of the Nuclear Freeze Campaign and the Executive Director of Media Alliance. Peled’s first documentary, Will My Mother Go Back to Berlin? examined the relations between Jews and Germans 50 years after the Holocaust through his personal family story. His next film, Inside God’s Bunker, followed a group of extremist Israeli settlers in the West Bank. You, Me, Jerusalem was the first Israeli-Palestinian co-directed film, which Peled also produced. It followed an ambulance team comprised of both Israelis and Arabs, which responded to emergencies in both sides of the capital. An ITVS-funded film Store Wars: When Wal-Mart comes to Town, follows one southern town’s struggle to decide whether to allow Wal-Mart to build a megastore there. The film won a number of awards, including Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the CINE Golden Eagle.
The 16th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) from October 17-27, 2013 Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University celebrates the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, the environment, racism, women’s issues, universal education, war and peace. The theme for this year is INDIVIDUAL TO UNIVERSAL.
INFORMATION & TICKETS: www.unaff.org