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  1. Find out more at …& join the conversation: #WakeUpCall.

    Have you ever felt like we're living through a nightmare of consumption? That you wish you could un-hook yourself and reconnect with a life that is somehow more real and vivid? Then perhaps you're ready to heed Earth's Wake Up Call.

    Today we live in a time when there is little to no understanding of how the goods we consume and take for granted came into being. Without this we lack the knowledge to understand the true costs of our consumption, and the power to take action. As a result we have become disconnected from Earth - the origin of our health, wealth and all of the 'things' we depend on.

    Wake Up Call takes us on a fast-paced, animated glimpse of the true costs behind some of our most prized possessions - our electronic gadgets. Joining the dots between the stages of extraction, production, consumption and disposal, it reveals that, although our gadgets appear sleek and shiny, their appearance is misleading.

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  2. As the world’s agriculture and food systems face a crisis of disappearing seed diversity, a new short film tells the story of how African farming communities and organisations are reviving traditional seed diversity across the continent, and resisting mounting corporate pressure to use industrialised seed and farming methods.

    This film is the follow up to our landmark 2012 film Seeds of Freedom, narrated by Jeremy Irons. Find out more and watch more films at

    More about Seeds of Sovereignty:

    Seeds of Sovereignty shows that farmers around the world have saved and bred an unimaginable wealth of seed diversity to meet their many different challenges, but as corporate seed and chemicals replace farmers’ own ingenuity, this diversity is steadily disappearing. Reviving farmers’ in-depth knowledge of how to save and adapt seed is critical, and the film is aimed to encourage others to do so by setting out the key stages in this process.

    Through interviews and stunning cinematography from across the continent, the 35-minute film unpacks an approach aligned to the principles of the growing global food sovereignty movement and provides a guide for anyone looking to revive traditional, diversity rich, seed and farming systems around the world.

    Seeds of Sovereignty is the follow-up to the 2012 film Seeds of Freedom, narrated by British actor Jeremy Irons. Seeds of Freedom challenged the global corporate agenda to control and monopolise the food and farming sector, most particularly through genetically modified seed. It has achieved global success and is used by anti-GM campaigners across the globe.

    Films produced by The Gaia Foundation, the African Biodiversity Network, MELCA Ethiopia and GRAIN

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  3. The Farmer, the Architect and the Scientist tells the story of a seed hero. Dr Debal Deb is a pioneering ecologist committed to working with traditional farmers in eastern India to conserve indigenous seed diversity. Over almost two decades, Debal has managed to save 920 varieties of rice, all of which he stores in community based seed banks in West Bengal and Odisha for farmers. This film follows the construction of a new seed bank premises in Odisha, a venture that provides a potent symbol of Debal’s values.

    As we saw in Seeds of Freedom, small-scale traditional farmers and their rich diversity of locally adapted seed varieties are being written out of the story of seed. They are the victims of an aggressive global lobbying effort, designed to convince a world terrified about food security that the corporatization of the global food system, involving transgenic seeds, is the only way to feed the world.

    But there are those who dispute this narrative – seed heroes, men and women, from around the world – who understand that the key to a healthy food system lies in maintaining the immense local and regional bio-cultural diversity of seeds and traditional farming methods. Their work to uphold farmland and community resilience and health has never been more important.

    A short film by Jason Taylor, The Source Project, for The Gaia Foundation.
    With huge thanks to Dr Debal Deb, the community and farmers of Odisha, and architect Laurent Fournier.

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  4. Povestea semintelor a devenit una de pierdere, control, dependenta si datorie.
    A fost rescrisa de cei ce vor sa faca profituri imense din sistemul nostru alimnetar nepasandu-le de felul in care oamenii de rand si biodiversitatea sunt afectate.
    Este timpul sa schimbam povestea semintelor.

    Produs de Gaia Foundation si African Biodiversity Network, in colaborare cu MELCA Ethiopia, Navdanya International si GRAIN.

    Multumim tuturor celor ce au facut acest film posibil.
    Produs & Regizat de Jess Phillimore

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  5. La historia de la semilla se ha convertido en una de las pérdidas, el control, la dependencia y la deuda.
    Ha sido escrito por aquellos que quieren obtener beneficios vasto de nuestro sistema alimentario, no importa cuál sea el costo real. Es hora de cambiar la historia.

    Producido por la Fundación Gaia y la Red de Biodiversidad de África, en colaboración con MELCA Etiopía, Internacional Navdanya y GRAIN. Obtenga más información en

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Watch Seeds of Freedom narrated by Jeremy Irons, plus versions translated with voiceovers in Spanish, French and Portuguese. Also enjoy 'Stories of Change', a series of films bringing together the voices of local and traditional communities.


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Watch Seeds of Freedom narrated by Jeremy Irons, plus versions translated with voiceovers in Spanish, French and Portuguese. Also enjoy 'Stories of Change', a series of films bringing together the voices of local and traditional communities.

These videos were produced by the African Biodiversity Network (ABN) and The Gaia Foundation in partnership with our global network of partners. We thank both partners and communities for all their efforts and support with these important films.

Visit to find out more about The African Biodiversity Network and all of the partners featured in the films here. Visit to find out more about The Gaia Foundation.

The Kamburu Story - tells how Kago and Rosemary, and the Kamburu community in central Kenya, took back control of their farming system by reviving their knowledge and seed diversity, and in 18 months had a food surplus.

The Sheka Forest Story - Wisdom from the Past, Resilience for the Future has been produced by ABN and Gaia's partner Melca Ethiopia. The film follows the story of the indigenous clans and local community working with the local government to protect and preserve their beautiful biodiverse Sheka Rainforest. The film shows the power of collaboration and reminds us that it takes everyone to protect a forest, but only a few to destroy it.

Reviving our Culture, Mapping our Future tells the story of a special gathering of indigenous leaders from Venda (South Africa), Altai (Russia) and the Colombian Amazon, and a training in eco-cultural mapping of Venda territory. You can view this film in Spanish, Portuguese and French, or watch a longer version of the mapping process by visiting our second vimeo channel More films from The Gaia Foundation and African Biodiversity Network

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