The Origins of the Apple
Director: Catherine Peix
Assistant Director: Hélène Bozzi
Cinematographer: Pierre Isnardon
Advisor: François Laurens
Music: Kuat Shildebayev
Production: Kri-kor films, Seppia
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.