…So Shall You Reap

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Included in the syllabi of teacher-education programmes like Diploma in Education; the new two year course being conducted by the SCERTs (see National Council for Teacher Education model syllabi, Contemporary India, website www.ncte-india.org/DED.pdf,  page no 8- 9), as well as the four year B. EL. Ed programme.  

This is a documentary is on genetically engineered (G.E.) seeds with specific reference to India. It covers aspects like the technicalities of GE (how seeds are created), the story of GM Cotton in India so far with farmers from Andhra Pradesh and Punjab narrating their experiences, the serious regulatory shortcomings, irregularities in open air trials of food crops, etc. The first hand experience of farmers, farmer leaders, views of scientists and agricultural ministers all point to the many concerns with regard to GE Crops. However, disregarding all this Govt of India is thrusting GE technology as the way forward for all of us. The documentary also shows how in increasing numbers, farmers are adopting ecological agriculture as the real way forward by declaring themselves GE-free and by not depending on agri-business corporations and their corporate science for their farming.


This film is being extensively used by civil society groups and farmers organizations all over the country.


Title: …So Shall You Reap
Duration: 35 minutes
Language: Punjabi, Telugu, Oriya and Hindi with English Subtitles
Year: 2007
Director/ Producer: Ajay Bhardwaj
Script: Bhaskar Goswami
Camera: Ajay Bhardwaj and B.P. Singh
Editor: Sachindra Bisht

27 September, 2012, at Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, followed by a discussion session as part of the India for Safe Food campaign.

4th-8th Feb 09 Vibgyor International Film Festival for Short and Documentary Films,Sangeet Natak Academy Campus, Thrissur, Kerala.  Screened Under the Festival Section: Food Sovereignty

27-31 Oct 2009: 5th CMS VATAVARAN, environment and wildlife film festival, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

29 Oct 2010 at 6pm in Marburg at the Globale Film Festival, German
30 Oct 2010 in Gießen at the Globale Film festival, Germany
31st July 2011: Filmy feast film festival, Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Review by Shaweta Anand for Hardnews (September 2010)