Dir: Micha X. Peled
United States / India / 2011 / 87mins

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Date: Thu 28 June, 2012
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Forced into debt by genetically modified farming, vast numbers of Indian farmers are committing suicide by swallowing insecticide, but one brave fatherless daughter has had enough and wants some answers.

In Bitter Seeds, director Micha X. Peled headed to a small Indian rural community to follow likeable Manjusha Amberwar, who wants be a journalist. Her first assignment is to explain why 250,000 farmers have committed suicide in the past 16 years – including her father. Her uncle is trying to grow cotton from genetically modified, non-renewable seeds with expensive fertilizers and insecticides. Past generations used conventional seeds and cowdung, but these have been phased out and farmers have no choice but to buy the Monsanto-produced seeds. The expense forces her uncle and many others into the hands of money-lenders, and if a crop fails, the farmers are forced into poverty.

Amberwar's very personal journey is moving and powerful, and through it we see problems of globalization, and the real lives behind India's tragic suicide statistics.

Screening with short documentary Banking on Change.

'An emotional, gripping documentary. An affecting, character-driven portrait designed to indict corporate opportunism.' - Variety

'Bitter Seeds is a tragedy for our times, beautifully told and deeply disturbing.' - Michael Pollan