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Where Olive Trees Weep

Hosted by Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

In-person

When

Jun 14, 7:00 PM CDT

Where

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

202 South Broadway Avenue, Urbana, IL, 61801

Price

Free Screening

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About the event

The U-C IMC is hosting a screening and discussion of the new documentary, Where Olive Trees Weep, by directors Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo. The film 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. There will be a short discussion after the screening.

No one is free, until we are all free.

This screening has been sponsored by Lead for Equity and Engagement LLC.

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

The U-C IMC is located in Downtown Urbana in the old Post Office Building. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Parking in the parking garage and at meters is free after 6PM on Friday. Doors will open at 6:30PM.

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