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Documentary Explores Human Costs of "Bitter Seeds"
Date Saturday April 13
Time 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location Details
Niles Discovery Church
255 H St
Fremont, CA 94536
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorThe Rev. Jeffrey Spencer
India has more farmers than any country in the world, and they are in a crisis unprecedented in human history. The film, “Bitter Seeds,” is a character-driven documentary which shows us the bleak situation for cotton farmers in India. “Bitter Seeds” will be shown free of charge (though donations are accepted) to the public on Saturday, April 13, 1:30 p.m., at Niles Discovery Church, 255 H Street, Fremont. The screening will be followed by a discussion.
Added to the calendar on Thursday Mar 21st, 2013 9:46 PM
§Documentary film: Bitter Seeds
by San Jose Peace & Justice Center Wednesday Mar 27th, 2013 12:46 PM
More than 250,000 farmers have killed themselves in India since 1995. In a village at the center of the suicide epidemic, a farmer and his family struggle to keep their land while a teenage girl makes her first steps to become a journalist and tell the world about the crisis.

Traditionally, Indian farmers have used seeds from the previous year's crop. Then came Monsanto’s genetically-modified (GMO) Bt cotton seeds, designed only for a single year's use so farmers are forced to buy new seeds every year.

Director Micha X. Peled interviews farmers and their families, seed salesmen and Monsanto executives, author Vandana Shiva, and village elders who remember when life as a cotton farmer was not so bitter.

Discussion will be led by Suchithra Ramaswamy and Karthik Suryanarayanan, activists of the Association for India’s Development who have coordinated a rural development project in the Vidharba region of India.

Free and open to the public

Info: 510-797-0895 408-297-2299

Sponsored by Tri-City Perspectives, Niles Discovery Church, San José Peace and Justice Center, Association for India’s Development, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – San José Branch
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