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Where Olive Trees Weep

Hosted by Lake Street Church / CAPA / Evanston Ceasefire Coalition

In-person

When

Jun 20, 7:00 PM CDT

Where

Lake Street Church of Evanston

1450 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201

Price

$10.00 per person

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About the event

The Peace and Justice Committee of Lake Street Church, Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA), and the Evanston Ceasefire Coalition are pleased to present a screening of Where Olive Trees Weep, a gripping new documentary about Palestinian life under Israeli occupation.

The documentary will be followed by a question-and-answer session led by Tarek Khalil, Education Coordinator, American Muslims for Palestine.

55% of proceeds will go to the filmmakers to support their impact campaign, and 45% will be put toward an UNRWA donation and small honorarium for our discussant.

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 also witness Dr. Gabor Maté offer trauma-healing work to a group of women who were 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?

HOST INFO

The Peace and Justice Committee of Lake Street Church

Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA)

Evanston Ceasefire Coalition

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) - Chicago

Event Participants

Tarek Khalil

Education Coordinator, AMP

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?

Genre

Documentary

Runtime

1h 44m

Released

2024

Director

Zaya Benazzo, Maurizio Benazzo

Producer

Zaya Benazzo, Maurizio Benazzo, Finley MacNeil

Executive Producer

Ashira Darwish

Crew

Caroline Campbell, Maral Quttieneh, Nickoloz Kachibaia, Yasen Stoev

About the space

Enter through the courtyard on Chicago Avenue (just to the north of the main church entrance). Door is under the "1450" sign.

Street parking only. Check for meters but some streets are free.

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