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December 8, 2005

Seeds
By Marjan Safinia & Joseph Boyle of Mergemedia
Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2005
Film reception: 6:30pm - 7:30pm


Screening Time: 7:30pm- 9:00pm followed by a Q & A with  Marjan Safinia
Place: The Aurora Theater, 800 Aurora Street, Houston, TX 77009 (in the Heights)

Synopsis: What if you were given the opportunity to sit down face-to-face with someone you consider your enemy?  What if you had the chance to spend three weeks living with them?  Could you coexist?  Would you live in peace?

In Seeds, a feature documentary, filmmaker Marjan Safinia meet ten extraordinary teenagers who undertake that challenge.  Every summer, for three life-changing weeks, kids from war-torn countries gather together at the Seeds of Peace International Camp to get to know each other, listen to each other and respect each other in an attempt to open their minds and build the one thing they all strive for: a future.

Back home it's impossible to believe a Palestinian can share a bunk with an Israeli; unimaginable for an Indian to speak freely with a Pakistani; inconceivable for an American to gain insight into the way an Afghan thinks and even more difficult to imagine any real sense of trust.  But here, in the woods of Maine, there's a small opportunity to break through the fear and catch a glimpse of what it might be like to live together.

With unparalleled access, Seeds documents this difficult and often painful journey through the eyes of the kids themselves.  Through extreme ups and downs, these kids face one another with honesty, courage and a willingness to listen. It seems they are truly a step ahead of their leaders, but after a year back home-where the word peace has very little meaning-can they hold on to what they have learned?  Can they grow up to make a difference in their home countries?

Seeds is a message of hope from these most authentic voices. Caught in between their own worlds, these teenagers are still young enough to believe in a dream, yet mature enough to know how hard they must work to keep it alive.  In the words of one of the SeedsŠ "In order to make peace with your enemy, you have to go to war with yourself."

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