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Foragers (12A) + Short Film

London Palestine Film Festival 2022

Someone at work foraging

With wry humour and a meditative pace, Foragers follows how Israeli nature protection laws impact the Palestinian custom of foraging for wild edible plants.

For Palestinians, these laws, which result in fines and court orders, constitute an ecological veil for legislation that further alienates them from their land. Israeli state representatives insist on their scientific expertise and duty to protect.

Shot in the Golan Heights, the Galilee and Jerusalem, artist and filmmaker Jumana Manna follows the plants from the wild to the kitchen, catching the chases between the foragers and the nature patrol. Foragers gracefully weaves together fiction, documentary and archival footage, with an ominous sound design accentuating resilience against the omnipresent settler-colonial backdrop.

Beforehand, the short film Soup Over Bethlehem depicts an ordinary Palestinian family at dinner; what starts as a discussion about the national dish 'mloukhieh' soon evolves into a personal conversation about politics.

Palestine 2022 Dir Jumana Manna 64 min

Palestine 2006 Dir Larissa Sansour 9 min

This screening has been locally classified.

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