Martina Widmer and
Sylvie Seguin are both members of the European Civic Forum and of the Longo Maï cooperative in Limans, near Forcalquier in south-east France. They have many years of experience
in producing seeds.
They participate in the “godmother-godfather network” created by Kokopelli which helps to maintain the association's seedbank by multiplying the seeds of endangered vegetable varieties and in the "Seeds without Borders" campaign that provides seeds free of charge to peasant communities in poor countries. They are also actively involved in the activities of the European Civic Forum with regard to seeds, for example organising international seed swaps or campaigns against the increasingly restrictive seed laws in Europe (see also www.seed-sovereignty.org).
Director, camera, editing :
Olga Widmerobtained her diploma at Paris VIII university (Maîtrise Arts du Spectacle, mention Etudes Cinématographiques) and has worked for documentary cinema for many years. She has directed several documentaries on different topics (agriculture, migration, handicaps...). olgawidmer.com
Myleine Guiard-Schmid creates
drawings and animated drawings for the cinema and also practices the visual arts.
Cinema, sculpture, painting... the arts are her passion, her profession. Learning techniques, knowing how to listen and to exchange experiences with others have helped her to give real sense to her work. Art has an undeniable power to reveal, to tell stories or denounce with beauty and style.
The film producers:
Longo maï was founded in 1973. It is made up of nine self-managed cooperative farms in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Ukraine. They produce and process a wide variety of local cereal and vegetable crops. All of the cooperatives produce part of their own seeds and organise regular seed swaps, thereby helping to increase interest for such varieties and encouraging more people to produce their own seeds.
The European Civic Forum is an association active in several European countries. One of its priorities is to defend small-scale and collective agriculture that respects social rights. It also campaigns with other associations for the right to produce and exchange one’s own seeds.
It participates in Europe-wide awareness-building campaigns, denouncing restrictive legislation and the increasing monopoly of a few seed multinationals. One of the most effective ways to arouse the interest of both city and rural dwellers, individual and collective gardeners is to organise local or international seed swaps.