Open Sesame does tell the Story of the 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, 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

“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


Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds – Trailer from TDC Entertainment on Vimeo.

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