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Foragers (12A*) + Soup Over Bethlehem + ScreenTalk  

Eat The Screen x SAFAR

A woman walks through a field in the dark in a still from Foragers

Image: Foragers (Jumana Manna, 2022)

For centuries, Palestinians have used za’atar (wild oregano) and ‘akkoub (a thistle-like plant) in their cooking. Join SAFAR at their closing screening, a double-bill of films about food and politics.

The plants grow wild and are traditionally foraged by Palestinians, but in Israel today both are deemed “protected species” by the government, and penalties for picking include hefty fines and prison sentences. 

Gracefully weaving together fiction, documentary and archive footage, Foragers follows the plants from the mountainside to the kitchen, taking in chases between foragers and the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority, courtroom defences, and a delicious-looking lunch.  

Screening beforehand, Soup Over Bethlehem depicts an ordinary Palestinian family at dinner where a culinary discussion about the national dish 'mloukhieh' soon evolves into a political one.  

After the films, Jumana Manna (via Zoom) and other guests discuss food sovereignty in Palestine under occupation.

Palestine 2022 Dir Jumana Manna 64 min digital 
Palestine 2006 Dir Larissa Sansour 9 min digital

Presented in partnership with Barbican’s Eat the Screen season and as part of SAFAR Film Festival’s Nakba 75 strand, a selection of films exploring the impact and aftermath of the forced expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland in 1948, and the ongoing reality of life under occupation.

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