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"The Seeds of Vandana Shiva" Film & Discussion

Saturday, April 22
  • Hopewell Theater’s Art of Living Well series returns with an Earth Day screening of the documentary, The Seeds of Vandana Shiva, and a post-film discussion featuring James Klett (Fairgrown Farm), Cathy Snyder (Rolling Harvest Food Rescue), and Pam Flory.
  • This is the remarkable life story of Gandhian eco-activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, how she stood up to the corporate Goliaths of industrial agriculture, rose to prominence in the seed-saving and organic food movements, and is inspiring an international crusade for change.
  • This screening coincides with a donation drive to The Chubby’s Project, a local nonprofit dedicated to food justice and food security in our community. Patrons will have the option to donate while purchasing an event ticket or separately on the donation page until Sunday, April 23.
In her colorful sari and large scarlet bindi, Dr. Vandana Shiva is an arresting presence: she galvanizes crowds, advises government leaders, fields constant calls from the media, then retreats from big city buzz to work alongside small farmers across the developing world. 

Who is she? What is her mission? How did this woman from an obscure town in India become Monsanto’s worst nightmare, a rebellious rock star in the global debate about who feeds the world? 

Among those engaged with organic food and farming, climate change, biodiversity, seed sovereignty, globalization, and social justice, Vandana Shiva is an icon of a global movement. 

But even among those who pride themselves on being well-informed, she’s relatively unknown. Few are aware of how this daughter of a Himalayan forest conservator rose from obscurity to become a world leader of Gandhian stature.

Hers is the remarkable and unlikely story of a girl who trekked from highland cabin to cabin alongside her father, tended a garden alongside her mother, and passionately pursued an education that freed her from the caste and gender constraints of traditional Indian society that culminated in a degree in Nuclear Physics, and then a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Quantum Theory.

But those achievements were merely a prelude to her awakening as a fully-committed activist. Vandana Shiva brought her scientific expertise and Gandhian principles of nonviolent resistance to the struggles of Indian villagers whose livelihoods were being crushed by corporate capitalism. She has become a formidable opponent to those corporations whose drive for privatization and profit are destroying the environment and changing the climate. Their predations in the name of a “green revolution” with its promises of wealth and freedom and “feeding the world” through patented and chemically-dependent GMO seeds are reducing traditional farmers and entire communities to inescapable servitude. In India, the fruits of the Green Revolution have been an epidemic of rural suicides. 

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva focuses on the people, circumstances, and seminal events in Dr. Shiva’s life — what shaped her thinking and defined her purpose. It also shows how the battle against multinational agribusiness has become an international struggle between two visions for feeding the world. The first, a multinational corporate model of chemically dependent monoculture that rewards a capitalist imperative of extraction for profit. And the other, “Earth Democracy” that honors ecology, biodiversity, sustainability, and community — what Dr. Shiva demonstrates is the only way forward for the future of food.

The Art of Living Well series features inspiring films, speakers, and interactive discussions exploring ways of cultivating serenity, meaning, and a deeper connection to one’s self and the world.
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