Micha Peled – On Making “Bitter Seeds”
At the 2012 Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York we met Micha X. Peled, a San Francisco-based filmmaker who recently finished his last of three films on globalization and its varying effects on mankind. We asked him to tell us about his latest work, Bitter Seeds.
In the film, Micha follows a crisis in India where, for many farmers, a foreign monopoly on the local seed market has inflated prices and brought on massive local debt. The situation become so dire that, on average, a farmer kills himself every thirty minutes.
The film follows a farming season and a young girl, Manjusha, who wants to become a journalist to tell the world about what’s happening to people in her part of India.