Foragers mixes fiction and documentary about two food plants that grow in Israel-Palestine. They form a concrete basis that exemplifies legal, ethnic, and class-based differences between Palestinians and Israelis in the occupied areas around Jerusalem, Galilee, and the Golan Heights.
In genre-crossing Foragers, we are introduced to the Palestinian food plants za'atar and 'akkoub. The plants are endangered and forbidden to pick but are popular among Palestinians, who have picked them for generations and refuse to stop. The Israelis are uninterested, but cultivate the plants for Palestinian consumption. At the same time, the ban entails a race between the gleaners and the Israeli authorities, which leads to unsustainable gleaning methods and forces the Palestinians into the role of consumers. The Palestinians also no longer have enough land to run their own, profitable plantations.
The film mixes documentary fiction with real arrests filmed on a mobile phone, archive material from TV, real interviews, and fictional but probable interrogations, as well as impressionistic transitions that reflect the gleaners' experiences in the occupied natural landscape. Several of the "roles" are played by those concerned, like Zeidan, who lives with six dogs in a dilapidated, abandoned village on a slope.
Jumana Manna (b. 1987) is an artist and filmmaker born in the USA, raised in Jerusalem, and who has studied at KHIO. She has had exhibitions on four continents and is currently exhibited at MoMA in New York. Previously, she made the documentary film Wild Relatives (2017) about the replication of seeds from Aleppo in Syria and the seed warehouse in Svalbard.
2017 Wild Relatives (documentary)
2015 A Magical Substance Flows Into Me (documentary)
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