SEED: The Untold Story

SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed-keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
April 17, 2017
60 minutes
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Taggart Siegel

Taggart Siegel has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries and dramatic films for 20 years. His many documentaries include The Split Horn: Life of A Hmong Shaman in America, a sweeping story of a Hmong shaman struggling to maintain his ancient traditions as his children embrace American culture. Siegel’s social documentaries Between Two Worlds, Blue Collar & Buddha, Heart Broken in Half, Show more and Bitter Harvest, have aired on PBS, cable television, and are distributed worldwide. Siegel produced and directed the theatrical feature Shadow of the Pepper Tree and the short dramatic films Affliction, Ember Days, and Body Memories. In addition, he has produced many films including Destroying Angel, The Beloved, and The Disenchanted Forest for National Geographic Television. He is the founder of Alchemy Films, an independent production company, and is also executive director of the Collective Eye, Inc., a non-profit media organization based in San Francisco. Show less


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The Film

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, which have been worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed-keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a story both harrowing and heartening, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke, and Raj Patel.