Jumana Manna, 'Foragers' (2022)

Part of Collaborations

11 — 26 June 2024

Jumana Manna, 'Foragers', 2022. Courtesy of the artist and LUX, London.

LUX and LUX Scotland co-host an online screening of Jumana Manna’s Foragers’ (2022). Foragers’ is available to view on the LUX website until 26 June. The artist asks that viewers consider donating to some of the efforts working towards rebuilding the universities and combating scholasticide in Gaza. Please find further information and links to make donations below.

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 moves between 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 inherited love, joy and knowledge 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.

Co-commissioned by BAMPFA The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht; and The Toronto Biennale (2022). Supported by Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC, The Fritt Ord Foundation, Arts Council Norway – Kulturrådet.

Follow this link to read a text that the artist wrote during the production of the film.

Follow this link to support a call for Financial and Academic Support for Al-Azhar University, Gaza.

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This film has English subtitles. The film is available to watch with closed captions.

Image description: A pair of elderly hands holding fresh za’atar above a mound of dried za’atar on a tablecloth with illustrations of animals, children, and trees.

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