Home Cinema: Wild Relatives

Jumana Manna
13.05.20 – 20.05.20

Kunstnernes Hus Kino has the pleasure of screening the film Wild Relatives by Palestinian artist and filmmaker Jumana Manna as part of our home cinema-series.

The film will be available between Wednesday, May 13, 6 pm and Wednesday, May 20, 6 pm. Press PLAY on the picture above to start the film.

About the film

Deep in the earth beneath the Arctic permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to provide a backup, should disaster strike. Wild Relatives starts from an event that has sparked media interest worldwide: in 2012 an international agricultural research center was forced to relocate from Aleppo to Lebanon due to the Syrian Revolution turned war, and began a laborious process of planting their seed collection from the Svalbard back-ups. Following the path of this transaction of seeds between the Arctic and Lebanon, a series of encounters unfold a matrix of human and non-human lives between these two distant spots of the earth. It captures the articulation between this large-scale international initiative and its local implementation in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, carried out primarily by young migrant women. The film's meditative pace patiently teases out tensions between state and individual, industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity, witnessed through the journey of these seeds.

About the filmmaker

Jumana Manna (b. 1987) is a visual artist working primarily with film and sculpture. Her work explores how power is articulated through relationships, often focusing on the body and materiality in relation to narratives of nationalism, and histories of place. She was awarded the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Palestinian Artist Award in 2012 and the Ars Viva Prize for Visual Arts in 2017. Manna has participated in various film festivals and exhibitions, including Henie Onstad Art Center, Norway, 2018; Mercer Union, Canada, 2017; Jeu de Paume and CAPC Bordeaux, France, 2017; SculptureCenter, USA, 2014; Marrakech Biennale 6, 2016; The Nordic Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale; as well as the 54th and 56th Viennale International Film Festivals, 66th and 68th Berlinale and CPH:DOX 2018, where Wild Relatives won the New:Visions award. Manna was raised in Jerusalem and is currently based in Berlin.

Samtale

I oktober 2019 kom Jumana Manna til Kunstnernes Hus for en samtale med filmskaperen Marte Vold.

Title
Wild Relatives
Director
Jumana Manna
Year
2018
Country
Germany, Lebanon, Norway
Duration
1 h 5 min
Language
Arabic, Norwegian, English