Uncover the Extraordinary Challenges Faced By One of the World's Most Precious Resources in OPEN SESAME: THE STORY OF SEEDS

"This film is a seed in its own right and can play a seminal role in planting ideas that bring together food security, food sovereignty, human rights and the consumer right to know"
-- Wayne Roberts, former manager, Toronto Food Policy Council

"Captures the passion and emotion of a movement"
-- Theodore Poulis, Dreamriver Press

Uncover the Extraordinary Challenges Faced By One of the World's Most Precious Resources in OPEN SESAME: THE STORY OF SEEDS


One of the world's most precious resources is at risk.  OPEN SESAME: THE STORY OF SEEDS, from award-winning filmmaker M. Sean Kaminsky, is a timely and compelling film illuminating what's at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food.

Seeds provide the basis of everything from fabrics and food to fuels; in fact, they're as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink...but given far less attention.  According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN), approximately 90 percent of the fruit and vegetable varieties that existed one hundred years ago no longer exist today.  Heritage grain is near extinction.  And seeds that were lovingly nurtured over decades -- or even hundreds of years -- have been lost forever.   More troubling, seeds have also shifted from being common heritage to sovereign property; corporations are co-opting seed genetics and hiding behind patent law in the process.  Today, corporate-owned seed accounts for 82% of the world-wide market, allowing transgenic seeds (or GMOs) to spread exponentially. 

OPEN SESAME looks at the extraordinary challenges that seeds face today, placing our food supply at risk and threatening our farms.  Telling the story of seeds by following the challenges and triumphs of some of the most tireless stewards and advocates, OPEN SESAME introduces viewers to a diverse range of individuals whose lives center around seeds: farmers, renegade gardeners, passionate seed savers, artists and activists, who are all working tirelessly, planting the seeds of information and inspiration to tell the story of one of our most precious resources.

It's not too late...yet.

  • Vandana Shiva, Author, Environmentalist
  • William Woys Weaver, Author, Food Historian
  • Bill McDorman, Co-founder of SaveSeed.org, Educator
  • Gary Nabhan, Agricultural Ecologist, Ethnobotanist
  • Diane Ott Whealy, Co-Founder of Seed Saver Exchange
  • Ken Greene, Founder, Hudson Valley Seed Library 
  • Additional interview with Vandana Shiva
  • Interview with director M. Sean Kaminsky
  • Deleted scenes 

Catalog #: TMR-DV-124
Running Time: 82 minutes + extras
Genre: Documentary
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English with Closed Captioning


New York City-based TDC Entertainment is a diversified home entertainment distributor headed by longtime industry veterans Gary Baddeley and Dan Gurlitz. TDC combines the distinctive film collections of three label imprints: disinformation®, True Mind and Shelter Island. With a focus on films that cover social, political and environmental issues, as well as subjects that range from ethics and health to personal growth and history, TDC's highly acclaimed library of films includes Robert Greenwald's political documentaries such asUnmanned: America's Drone Wars, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and Outfoxed, the Emmy®-winning series Journey of the Universe, compelling issue-oriented docs including Tapped, Killer at Large, Greedy Lying Bastards and Unacceptable Levels, as well as the best-selling Parents Choice Award-winning instructional series,Drawing with Mark. For more information, visit TDCent.com.

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