November 8th, 2014, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L13 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue
The People and the Olive is an inspiring film 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 The Run Across Palestine in February 2012, as a project of the Michigan-based nonprofit group, 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 2500 small-scale farmers in the West Bank who have embraced fair trade practices to sustain their future and to sell their products worldwide. The runners faced many barriers in the endeavor, barriers that represented a microcosm of what their Palestinian friends face every day. Along the way, they forged deep bonds with their hosts while witnessing the harsh political reality and beauty of life in the West Bank. It’s an uplifting story about connecting people on the human level.