Sunday, May 18, 2014

Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds

Posted By on Sun, May 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Grassroots Growing

7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21

The Loft Cinema, 3222 E. Speedway Blvd.

322-5638; www.loftcinema.com/film/open-sesame-the-story-of-seeds 

click to enlarge Ines Ramos attends Seed School at Native Seeds/SEARCH.
  • Ines Ramos attends Seed School at Native Seeds/SEARCH.


Do you know where your seeds came from?

While plenty of people pay attention to what they eat, tracking where the food comes from isn't as common an activity. Even less so is learning the origin of the seeds being used to create certain food items.

The seeds that make a good amount of the food we eat is the subject of a new documentary, Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds, that is holding a special screening at the Loft. The event will also feature a Q&A session involving local seed experts.

Together, the film and discussion group aim to raise awareness of what's going on in the world of seeds, an industry that's become more and more dominated by genetically modified organisms (known as GMOs) and is driving out the original organic seeds.

“This is very much a local issue,” said director Sean Kaminsky, who was inspired by his grandmother's love of seed collecting to make the documentary. “It's something that's been taken away from the local platform, but it needs to be a local issue.”

Kaminsky said the film does side with people who are championing for a return to more organic growing. That direction brought him to Tucson to film people enrolled in the Seed School, a program created by local nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S).

He said groups like NS/S are part of a small, but growing movement to empower people to take seeds back into their own hands.

The Q&A session will feature several local seed experts, including NS/S founders Bill McDorman and Belle Starr as well as Jeau Allen and George Bradley of the Southwest Seed Exchange.

Tickets to Open Sesame are $9.25 for adults, $7.50 for military, students and teachers, $6.25 for seniors and children and $5.75 for Loft members.

– Written by Brian J. Pedersen

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