Reel Asian is proud to co-present multiple award-winning documentary Bitter Seeds at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival this fall.
Friday, October 12, 5:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox - Cinema 3
350 King St W
Director Micha X. Peled
USA 2011 | 88 min | Marathi and English with English subtitles
Tickets on sale here
Motivated by personal tragedy, aspiring journalist Manjusha launches an investigation into the epidemic of farmer suicides in India for her final college assignment. Armed with a small camera from the film’s production team, Manjusha takes on her neighbour Ram Krishna’s plight as a farmer deep in debt and unable to provide for his family.
Like many struggling farmers, Ram Krishna has borrowed money to purchase genetically modified cotton seeds (BT-cotton)—which promise to be resistant to disease—from biotech giant Monsanto. Now, with everything on the line, he is fighting the threat of a disastrous season due to a mealy bug invasion, a common problem with genetically modified seeds. This multiple award-winning documentary is a gripping portrait of a region under pressure, a young woman coming of age and a farmer’s fight to save his land and his life.
*Oxfam Global Justice Award, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
*Green Competition Award, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
*Jury Award, Green Film Festival in Seoul
*Official Selection, Telluride Film Festival
Planet in Focus will be taking place October 10-14, 2012. Check out their entire programming here.