The Seeds of Vandana Shiva

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva

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  • Camilla Denton Becket
  • James Becket

How did the willful daughter of a Himalayan forest guard become Monsanto's worst nightmare?

How did the willful daughter of a Himalayan forest conservator become an internationally-renowned activist and the world’s most powerful opponent of Monsanto? The award-winning documentary The Seeds of Vandana Shiva presents the remarkable life story of the Gandhian eco-activist and agro-ecologist, Vandana Shiva. A classic David versus Goliath tale, the film shows how Vandana, a brilliant scientist, became Monsanto’s worst nightmare and a rock star of the international organic food movement.

Impressed by Einstein at an early age, Shiva studied physics then philosophy in India and Canada. She came to understand that science cannot be ‘one-eyed' and must consider all elements at play. This attitude led her to form Navdanya in 1991, a national movement to protect living resources. The grassroots initiative established over 40 seed banks across India, and her galvanising activism put her at loggerheads with GMO multinational Monsanto and others. Not just a voice for the environment, Shiva also championed social justice, farmers' and women's rights. In 2010, she was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. From childhood to activism, to a difficult marriage and to the world stage, Shiva's life story is exceptionally inspiring

    Past Programs


    Local seed conservation

    The Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ