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CURATORIAL STUDIO: Public Screening of Jumana Manna's Film Wild Relatives and Discussion Event With Curator Zofia Cielatkowska

18:00 on 4 October 2019
Peacock Visual Arts, 21 Castle Street, AB11 5BQ

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Public Screening of Jumana Manna’s Film Wild Relatives and
Discussion Event With Curator Zofia Cielatkowska
October 4 2019, 18:00 – 19.30
Peacock Visual Arts, 21 Castle Street, AB11 5BQ

Zofia Cielatkowska has selected Jumana Manna’s film Wild Relatives (2018) to screen at Peacock. Wild Relatives explores the recreation of a seed bank from Aleppo, Syria to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon due to the Syrian Revolution turned war. Having left behind its seed bank, the research centre began a laborious process of planting their seed collection from back-ups stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

Following the path of this transaction of seeds between the Arctic and Lebanon, Wild Relatives captures the articulation between this large-scale international initiative and its local implementation in the Bekaa Valley, carried out primarily by young migrant women. The meditative pace of the scenes are a succession of processes, partially-scripted dialogues, and observations that tease out tensions between state and individual, industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Zofia Cielatkowska about postcolonial ecologies.

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Film Still From Jumana Manna's Film Wild Relatives (2018)

Film Still From Jumana Manna's Film Wild Relatives (2018)