Foragers. Al-Yad Al-Khadra
by Jumana Manna, Palestine 2022, 65''
SUPPORTED BY: Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC;  Kulturrådet – Norwegian Arts Council; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacic Film Archive; Toronto Biennale 2022; BAK – basis voor actuele kunst; Dar Yusuf Nasir Jacir for Art and Research; The Fritt Ord Foundation.   SOUND DESIGN: Rashad Becker
SHOOTING:  Marte Vold, Ashraf Dowani, Yaniv Linton   PRODUCER: Jumana Manna
EDITING: Jumana Manna, Katrin Ebersohn   MUSIC: Clément Chassain

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film      Presented at the 15th edition of Lo schermo dell'arte, 2022

The latest film by Palestinian-born American artist Jumana Manna chronicles the conflict between Israeli authorities responsible for parks and nature reserves and the Palestinian people, especially women and the elderly, who collect edible wild plants such as 'akkoub (similar to artichokes) and za'atar (thyme). Filmed in the Golan Heights, Galilee and Jerusalem, through the use of fiction, documentary and archival footage, Forages shows conflicts between Israeli collectors and patrols, courtroom drama, and moments in the kitchen. With a veil of irony, Jumana Manna shows how these laws constitute for the Palestinians a further form of alienation from their land, and speaks of their resilience in defending their traditions, in opposition to the attitude of the representatives of the Israeli state who insist on their own scientific competence and their duty to protect nature.


Starting from the simple act of collecting wild plants, the film raises important political questions about the absurdities that Palestinian people face under Israeli occupation.

Jumana Manna
(Princepton, New Jersey, 1987) is a Palestinian artist  working mainly with cinema and sculpture. She partecipated at many festivals, including the Viennale (2022), Gotenborg Film Festival (2019), Cinéma du Réel (2018) ,IFFR (2017) and has exhibited her works in the most important museums and international institutions, such as the the Toronto Biennale (2019), Tate Modern London (2018), the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and the  the Marrakech Biennale 6 (2016).

Selected Filmography
Wild Relatives, 2015 A Magical Substance Flows Into Me, 2013 A Sketch of Manners (Alfred Roch’s Last Masquerade), 2010 Blessed Blessed Oblivion

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

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