Seed, Directed by Hugo Perez, is an excellent addition to the Futurestates collection. Like so many other films in the series, this one alludes to issues in the future that we have seen depicted in other films, books, and media. This time, the issue is food shortage, and the direction the film takes alludes to tragedies in history that we have seen reproduced with many different pretenses.
When I saw Seed, I immediately thought of a novel; Fahrenheit 451. If you replace the outlawed books with outlawed seeds, you can easily see the connection. It is a story of manipulation and corporate brainwashing. With ‘natural’ seed outlawed to protect food supply, the Mendelian Corporation uses children to monitor farmer’s fields. The children are brainwashed into thinking that it is their duty to do this work; ‘for the greater good’ is a major theme in the story. One man’s child is a true ‘sprout,’ as their called, and he ultimately causes the death of his father, thinking that the corporation is there to help him.
This manipulation of children reminded me of yet another novel, The Wave. Wave tells a similar story, minus the food shortage. Kids are manipulated into doing irrational things based only in groupthink.
The similarities in this film’s theme to the actions of the Nazi regime cannot be ignored, either. This film is clearly a reference to times in history and fiction where children are taken advantage of for a greater, sinister cause. Despite the constant recurrance of this story, Perez blends it nicely with the food shortage concept he hopes to point out. This film depicts possibly the most realistic future for the world; eventually there will be food shortages, and Perez’ film is a warning for when that time does come.