Film & Discussion: People and the Olive
The People and The Olive is an inspiring documentary about the daily struggles and joys of Palestinian olive farmers. When a group of American ultra-marathoners sets out to run 129 miles in 5 days across the West Bank they discover that in replanting uprooted olive trees they are planting hope and building cultural bridges.
The People and The Olive was filmed during the Run Across Palestine in February 2012, as a project of the Michigan based non-profit On The Ground, which works to support sustainable community development in farming regions across the world. The run was supported by the Palestine Fair Trade Association, a collective of over 1700 small-scale farmers in the West Bank who have embraced fair trade practices to sustain their future and to sell their products worldwide.
Filmmakers Chelsea and Aaron Dennis will host a Q&A session after the film and there will be Fair Trade olive oil from Palestine for sampling and to purchase.