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Film screenings followed by a discussion

The experiences of the Tashrin protests in Iraq, the Syrian revolution and the October uprising in Lebanon have brought people together and inspired them to fight for food sovereignty.


They are demanding the right to food, collecting and reproducing seed-resistant seeds, resisting dependence on pesticides imported from Europe and banned there and exploring new ways of marketing their agricultural produce. They are developing alternatives to counteract the damaging consequences of crises, climate change and the modern globalised (agricultural) economic system.

One of these initiatives is the network for food sovereignty in Iraq and Kurdistan "Gwez W Nakhl" (Walnut and Date Palm) and another is the collective "Buzurna Juzurna" (Our Seeds are our Roots) in Lebanon. Two representatives present their work in a local and regional context and discuss the challenges and glimmers of hope on the horizon.

Film screenings (with German subtitles):
Gwez W Nakhl: Towards Food Sovereignty in Iraq and Kurdistan (16min)
A network of activists, farmers and scientists in Iraq explores what food sovereignty can mean.

Film Screenings (OT with German subtitles):
Gwez W Nakhl: Towards Food Sovereignty in Iraq and Kurdistan (16min)
A network of activists, farmers and scientists in Iraq explores what food sovereignty can mean.

A million and one ways: The story of an agricultural collective in the fight against monopolies (14min)
The Buzurna Juzurna collective in Lebanon presents their approaches to peasant seed work and their educational work.
Followed by a discussion with:
Faika Aljasim, coordinator of the seed bank of "Buzurna Juzurna", Lebanon/Syria
Dr Schluwa Sama, co-founder of the "Gwez W Nakhal" network, Iraq and Kurdistan.

Moderation:
Ulrike Lauerhaß, Advisor for Lebanon, Iraq and Syria, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

The discussion will be held in German and Arabic with simultaneous interpretation.

Free admission

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