The Origins of the Apple

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Les Origines de la pomme

The Origins of the Apple

by Catherine Peix

Kazakhstan, France


Les Origines de la pomme

Director: Catherine Peix

Assistant Director: Hélène Bozzi

Cinematographer: Pierre Isnardon

Advisor: François Laurens

Music: Kuat Shildebayev

Production: Kri-kor films, Seppia


Year: 2010

HDCAM, Colour, 53 min, 
OV Kazakh with French Subtitles

In Kazaksthan, in the Tian Shah Mountains, there are forests where prehistoric wild apple-trees grow; some trees are over 30 meters high and their various shaped and coloured apples are so tasty and sweet! What is the mystery behind these trees, still unknown in the West until now? Could they be the ancestors of our cultivated apple-trees, and could Kazakhstan be the Garden of Eden?

Through a scientific and historical research, the film introduces the work of Aymal Djangaliev, a Kazakh scientist who dedicated his life to study and preserve these forests; it also introduces the scientific American, English and French research works about the true ‘miracle’ of this biodiversity. We then discover the secret of the extraordinary resistance to the Malus sieversii apple-trees ‘disease, which might give us apples without pesticide in the future.

It is indeed indispensible to save such biodiversity for the next generations.

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