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Wild Plants

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne Australia (map)

Dir. Nicholas Humbert | Germany/Switzerland | 2016 | 108 mins

Offering us a glimpse into the lives of those who maintain an intimate yet peculiar relationship with the nature around them, Wild Plants takes us on a magnificent agricultural journey that spans the globe.

From urban gardeners in post-industrial Detroit and the native American activist Milo Yellow Hair to the rebel gardener Maurice Maggi who changed the face of Zurich with his wild plantings, and the innovative agrarian cooperative “Jardins de Cocagne” in Switzerland - we discover their ways of existence and how their bourgeoning farming practices are changing the world, one seed at a time.

Through a polyphonic narrative structure, Wild Plants interweaves multiple portraits of those who are abandoning the comfort of the consumer society and returning to the earth, in order to forge new ways of being in the world.

Interestingly, the title 'wild plants' is a reference to vegetation that seeds itself in fallow and abandoned land and creates new habitats and so this documentary appropriately stands as a profile of the people who make this happen; activists who are creating their own botanical utopias and are becoming an inspiration to others. 

A fascinating and aesthetically poetic film in which the beauty of little things is turned into poetry.... With great respect and discretion, Humbert brings us a series of moving and aesthetically sublime portrayals of this group of idealists.
— Muriel Del Don, CineEuropa

Every feature length film at EFFA 2017 is screening with an Australian short. Georgia Quinn's Plantasia will be screening before this session. Would learning that plants possess consciousness, sentience, and memory change the way we interact with the world around us?

Earlier Event: October 13
The Swirl
Later Event: October 14
IN CONVERSATION WITH MILA AUNG-THWIN