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Human Rights Watch Film Fest Movie: Bitter Seeds and Q&A with the Filmmaker

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The Human Rights Watch Festival is heading back to NY in June and we will be attending the New York premiere of Bitter Seeds. Panel discussion to follow with filmmaker Micha Peled and Debi Barker, International Program Director, The Center for Food Safety. Discussion moderated by Chris Albin-Lackey, Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch. This is a joint Meetup with the NYC Social Justice Movie Meetup. (

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We will meet inside the box office on the left before they take tickets. The movie starts at 6:30pm so plan to meet around 6pm.

About the film:

Manjusha Amberwar, a young journalist, examines the causes of an epidemic of farmer suicides in India—one every 30 minutes—that includes her own father. She hopes that by drawing attention to their plight, she can bring an end to this tragedy. But it won't be easy. In 2004 an American company introduced its genetically modified seeds to the Indian market, promising higher yields. Farmers tell her that the seeds require expensive pesticides and chemical fertilizers. And the sterile seeds, unlike the conventional seeds previously used by farmers, have to be purchased again each year. Manjusha follows one farmer through the disappointing season, praying for rain, discovering parasite infestation, and finally selling his meager yield achieved through backbreaking labor. We see the vicious cycle: annual loans from usurious moneylenders, desperate debt and the inability of farmers to provide dowries for their daughters—making the symbolism of their suicide by drinking expensive pesticides all but inescapable.


Trains: 1 to 66th St.-Lincoln Center

A/B/C/D to 59th St.-Columbus Circle

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  • avra c.

    Saw two other films on this under-reported phenomena. Almost a quarter of a MILLION farmers have committed suicide! Find out why.

    5 years ago
  • Cathy

    I'ce got a red Meetup shirt and am standing on the left inside before you go in the theater

    5 years ago