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Arab Film Series @ AANM

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Date(s) - 04/18/2019
7:00 pm

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Aliya Hassan Auditorium at the Arab American National Museum


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Emerging from the Arab Film Festival, the Arab Film Series @ AANM is a collaborative effort between Cinema Lamont and the Arab American National Museum (AANM). The series brings a wide range of new and classic films by Arab and Arab American filmmakers to the doorstep of metro Detroit, uniting community members through film, dialogue and activism.


This season’s film series highlights films and programs directed and/or curated by women. Each program brings to light, the power of women directors, politicians and community activists.

Wild Relatives + talkback

7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019
Aliya Hassan Auditorium @ AANM

$7 AANM Members, $10 general public
Purchase tickets HERE 

Jumana Manna’s 2018 feature-length documentary Wild Relatives explores how taxonomies of seeds and plants carry histories of violence and colonialism, as reflected by Syria’s work with the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. Deep in the Earth beneath Arctic permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Global Seed Vault to provide a backup should disaster strike. For the first time ever, seeds held there from a major gene bank in Aleppo are now being replicated, after its holdings were left behind when the institution had to move to Lebanon due to the civil war. It is refugees from Syria who are carrying out this painstaking work in the fields of the Beqaa Valley.

Wild Relatives loosely links together different narratives and biographies, reflecting on biodiversity, resilience, global justice and climate change, as well as disasters caused by human hand and the ambivalent efforts made to overcome them.

Dir. Jumana Manna

2018/Lebanon, Norway, Germany/66 minutes

Arabic, Norwegian and English with English subtitles

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