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Day
Friday 10 March
Time
18.00
Where
Moderna muséet
Day
Saturday 11 March
Time
16.00
Where
Victoria 4

Foragers depicts the dramas around the practice of foraging for wild edible plants in Palestine/Israel with wry humor 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 defenses, 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.

Q&A session with the director Jumana Manna after the screening. In collaboration with Moderna Museet.

Friday 10 March, 18.00, Moderna museet, followed by QA with the director

Saturday 11 March, 16.00, Victoria 4

FORAGERS / اليد الخضراء / Trailer from jumana manna on Vimeo.

Director

Jumana Manna

Producer

Jumana Manna

Year

2022

Country

Palestine

Subtitles

English

Duration

64 min

Festival section

Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award

Premiere

Swedish premiere