About the filmmaker
Jess Phillimore is a freelance filmmaker who has been working with The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network since 2009. Previous short films produced with Gaia and ABN include The Kamburu Story (Kenya) and Reviving Our Culture, Mapping Our Future (Venda, South Africa). Having studied Genetics at the University of Edinburgh, Jess developed an interest in the reality of genetically modified seed and agri-business in the global south. It was out of this collaborative work and interest, and the inspiring Climate, Seeds & Knowledge (CSK) learning exchange which took place in Ethiopia at the close of 2010, that Seeds of Freedom emerged. Jess has also worked on programmes for the BBC including the flagship science strand, Horizon.