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A still from 'Foragers'. A close up shot of a person's arms reaching into some foliage to pick some herbs. They are wearing a multicolour long-sleeved shirt and two bracelets.

Foragers (Aberdeenshire)

All Equal? Shared Planet

31 March 2023 | 7:00pm - 9:30pm

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The Barn
The Barn, Burn O Bennie
Banchory, AB31 5QA United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: Foragers

Director: Jumana Manna | Countries of production: Palestine | Year: 2022 | Length: 65 min
Language: Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Palestinians forage as resistance in this mesmerising interrogation of settler colonial power and narratives of conservation.

In historical Palestine, foraging for wild ‘akkoub and za’atar – traditional foods that Palestinians have gathered from the land for generations – is punishable by fines and imprisonment. Threading together fiction, documentary, and archival footage, Foragers reveals how Israeli legislation in the name of natural conservation constitutes yet another means of separating Palestinians from their land – and of deciding which lives are worthy of protection. Spellbinding and utterly transportative, Foragers examines food as a living terrain for omnipresent settler colonial violence, but also unassailable Palestinian resistance.


Content notes: Depictions of settler colonialism and state oppression.

Access notes: Mainly bright images; mix of explanatory dialogue (in Arabic and Hebrew) and visual storytelling; some mildly abrasive sounds; some flashing images at the start and end of the film.




Our friends at Lighthouse Books have put together specially-curated reading lists for a selection of films, inviting us to delve deeper into the issues explored in our line-up. Here you’ll find a list of books recommended by Mairi relating to Foragers which delves deeper into food sovereignty, land rights and palestinian history in response to the film.


Beyond the Screen

We are excited to be collaborating with Deveron Projects and Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign to explore foraging, the politics of food, and Palestinian solidarity before and after the films.

Deveron Projects’ artist in residence Kawther Luay will lead a short foraging walk prior to the screening on the site of The Barn from 6:30pm.

Join us in conversation after the film with representatives from Aberdeen Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign to dive deeper into Palestinian land struggles and explore how we can channel solidarity from Scotland, accompanied by foraged tea and food shared by Kawther.


Plus short: Coming Home (Naim Naif/ Margot Bowman, USA, 2022, 10min)

Palestinian-American dancers in Brooklyn maintain vibrant connection to their homeland through dabke, a traditional Levantine folk dance. A joyful, electric celebration of Palestinian heritage shot on 16mm.


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