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Foragers & the Despair of Monkeys (16TH ANNUAL SCIENCE NEW WAVE FESTIVAL)

81 min


Foragers (Jumana Manna, 2023, Palestine, 64 min)

It is Palestinian custom to harvest and forage for plants but they must do so illegally under Israeli law—a process documented in this visual feast, from field to kitchen. Under Israeli law, it is illegal to harvest wild plants that are traditionally used for cooking, such as za’atar (thyme) and akkoub (gundelia), though the practice has been an age-old tradition among Palestinians. In the occupied Golan Heights, Galilee and Jerusalem, locals show their resilience despite the prohibitive law, refusing to be further alienated from their land. From field to kitchen to courtroom, Foragers reveals the joy and knowledge embedded in this Palestinian custom. Imbued with suspense and humor, Foragers is an important commentary on the extent of the Israeli occupation of Palestine—where violence is not only physical, but also cultural.

Preceded by another view of botanical colonialism:

La desesperación de los monos / The Despair of Monkeys (Julián García Long, 2023, France / Belgium, 17 min)



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