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Summary: Bitter Seeds follows a season in a village at the epicenter of the crisis, from sowing to harvest. Like most of his neighbors, cotton-farmer Ram Krishna must borrow heavily in order to afford the mounting costs of modern farming. Required by a money-lender to put up his land as collateral, he gambles on everything he has. When his crop is attacked by pests, Ram Krishna must do whatever he can to avoid losing the family land. Adding to his burden is another duty – his daughter has reached marrying age, and he must find the money for an expensive dowry. Ram Krishna has just become a candidate for joining the ranks of the farmers who commit suicide in despair. Weaving in and out of Ram Krishna’s story is that of his neighbor’s daughter. Manjusha, a college student, is determined to become a journalist and tell the world about the farmers’ predicament. Her family opposes her plans, which go against village traditions. Manjusha’s ambition is also fueled by her personal history – her father was one of the suicide victims. When a newspaper reporter agrees to look at her writing, Manjusha takes on Ram Krishna’s plight as her first reporting project. Armed with a small camera from the production team, her video becomes part of the film. (Teddy Bear Films)
Runtime: 88 min
Official Site: http://teddybearfilms.com/2011/10/01/bitter-seeds-2/
Production: Teddy Bear Films Inc.
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Language: English
Director Credit
Micha X. Peled Director
Cast Credit
Gyanendra Shukla Himself
Kishor Tiwari Himself
Mahhav Shande Himself
Manjusha Ambarwar Herself
Ram Krishna Himself
Vandana Shiva Herself
Producer Credit
Micha X. Peled Producer
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