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Where Olive Trees Weep

Hosted by Reel Work Labor Film Festival & Moment of Truth



Jun 23, 6:30 PM PDT


Center For Spiritual Living Santa Cruz

1818 Felt Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95062


Free Screening

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About the event

Justice and peace in the Middle East will be possible when people of different backgrounds and perspectives come to respect each other and hear each other out. After the screening of this intense film we will hold a facilitated dialogue among attendees to help each of us understand where others are coming from.

Seating is limited. Please reserve a ticket only if you plan to attend. And if your plans change and you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation so others may come to this important event.

Admission is by voluntary donation at the door.

Event sponsors include the Reel Work Labor Film Festival and Moment of Truth with Ami Mills.

About the film

Where Olive Trees Weep offers a searing window into the struggles and resilience of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation. It explores themes of loss, trauma, and the quest for justice.We follow, among others, Palestinian journalist and therapist Ashira Darwish, grassroots activist Ahed Tamimi, and Israeli journalist Amira Hass. We witness Dr. Gabor Maté offering trauma-healing work for a group of women who have been tortured in Israeli prisons. Ancient landscapes bear deep scars, having witnessed the brutal reality of ancestral land confiscation, expulsions, imprisonment, home demolitions, water deprivation, and denial of basic human rights. Yet, through the veil of oppression, we catch a glimpse of resilience—deep roots that have carried the Palestinian people through decades of darkness and shattered lives.This emotional journey bares the humanity of the oppressed while grappling with the question: what makes the oppressor so ruthlessly blind to its own cruelty?




1h 44m




Zaya Benazzo, Maurizio Benazzo


Zaya Benazzo, Maurizio Benazzo, Finley MacNeil

Executive Producer

Ashira Darwish


Caroline Campbell, Maral Quttieneh, Nickoloz Kachibaia, Yasen Stoev

About the space

The Center for Spiritual Living is a non-denominational community dedicated to personal and global transformation through the awakening of humanity to its spiritual magnificence.


Wheelchair accessible

Indoor Event

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