Foragers by Jumana Manna Director Q&A

12 Iuchar 2023, 12:30
Online Event
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Foragers Jumana Manna Akbara
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Join ATLAS Arts and Cample Line for an online Q&A with filmmaker Jumana Manna to talk about her most recent film Foragers’. Bring along seeds or plants you might want to talk about and any questions about the film!

Foragers depicts the dramas around the practice of foraging for wild edible plants in Palestine/​Israel with wry humour and a meditative pace. Shot in the Golan Heights, the Galilee and Jerusalem, it employs fiction, documentary and archival footage to portray the impact of Israeli nature protection laws on these customs. The restrictions prohibit the collection of the artichoke-like akkoub and za’atar (thyme), and have resulted in fines and trials for hundreds caught collecting these native plants. For Palestinians, these laws constitute an ecological veil for legislation that further alienates them from their land while Israeli state representatives insist on their scientific expertise and duty to protect. Following the plants from the wild to the kitchen, from the chases between the foragers and the nature patrol, to courtroom defences, Foragers captures the joy and knowledge embodied in these traditions alongside their resilience to the prohibitive law. By reframing the terms and constraints of preservation, the film raises questions around the politics of extinction, namely who determines what is made extinct and what gets to live on.

This screening programme is a collaboration between ATLAS Arts and Cample Line (opens in a new page), and is supported by Film Hub Scotland.


Film has English subtitles + subtitles for d/Deaf & Hard of Hearing; Q&A has live captions (automatic Zoom captions)

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Foragers by Jumana Manna Online screening ↗ Introduction to Seed Saving workshop ↗ Film Screening- Foragers by Jumana Manna , talk, food & seed swap ↗