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Sunday, February 25, 2024



A weekend of films, walks and seeds for Palestine at the KZNSA Gallery from March 1 to 2, 2024.

Art For Humanity invites you to film screenings, walks and seed shares for Palestine, alongside the work of visual artist and filmmaker Jumana Manna, visual artist and permaculture practitioner Yasmin Fae, and scholar, author and filmmaker Heidi Grunebaum.

This set of screenings and embodied interventions approaches questions of land, memory, ruins and fugitivity alongside botanical archives. Exploring plant/human intimacy, legal/scientific regimes of occupation in Palestine/Israel and the stories that plants tell, these works offer memory, knowledge, caretaking and refusal in the context of ongoing occupation and capitalist relations of extraction.


Friday, March 1 at 18h00 at the KZNSA Gallery

Film Screening of Jumana Manna's Foragers (2022)

66 Bulwer Road, Bulwer, Durban, 4001


Saturday March 2 at 11h00 at Durban Botanic Gardens

Walking/Foraging With Yasmin Fae

Artist, plant lover and self-taught herbalist (Fae Botanicals) Yasmin Fae takes us on a stroll to consider how we once related to and lived with the land, encountering along the way some of the edibles and medicinal plants that we may walk past daily. We meet at the main entrance of Botanical Gardens on Saturday March 2, at 11h00.


Saturday March 2, 18h00 at the KZNSA Gallery

Film Screening of Mark J. Kaplan and Heidi Grunebaum's The Village Under The Forest (2013)

66 Bulwer Road, Bulwer, Durban, 4000


Foragers (2022) by Jumana Manna

Foragers depicts the dramas around the practice of foraging for wild edible plants in Palestine/Israel with wry humor and a meditative pace. Shot in the Golan Heights, the Galilee and Jerusalem, it employs fiction, documentary and archival footage to portray the impact of Israeli nature protection laws on these customs. The restrictions prohibit the collection of the artichoke-like ’akkoub and za’atar (thyme), and have resulted in fines and trials for hundreds caught collecting these native plants. For Palestinians, these laws constitute an ecological veil for legislation that further alienates them from their land while Israeli state representatives insist on their scientific expertise and duty to protect. Following the plants from the wild to the kitchen, from the chases between the foragers and the nature patrol, to courtroom defenses, Foragers captures the joy and knowledge embodied in these traditions alongside their resilience to the prohibitive law. By reframing the terms and constraints of preservation, the film raises questions around the politics of extinction, namely who determines what is made extinct and what gets to live on.

Foragers is directed by Jumana Manna, a multidisciplinary Palestinian visual artist working primarily in video and sculpture. Manna’s works and films have been exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, and her films have been screened at major films festivals, museums and exhibitions, including MoMA PS1 (2022), the Toronto Biennale (2019), Venice Biennale (2017), among others.


The Village Under the Forest (2013) by Mark J. Kaplan and Heidi Grunebaum

The Village Under The Forest explores the hidden remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya, which lies under a purposefully cultivated forest plantation called South Africa Forest.

Directed by Emmy-winner Mark J Kaplan and written and narrated by scholar and author Heidi Grunebaum, The Village Under The Forest unfolds as a personal meditation from the Jewish Diaspora.

Using the forest and the village ruins as metaphors, the documentary explores themes related to the erasure and persistence of memory and dares to imagine a future in which dignity, acknowledgement and co-habitation become shared possibilities in Israel/Palestine.

The Village Under The Forest won the Audience Award at Encounters South African International Documentary Festival in 2013.




Art For Humanity

Room 107, 1st Floor, City Campus, Durban University of Technology,

Cnr. of Anton Lembede Street and Khuzimpi Shezi Road, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Tel: 031 373 6610


For more information kindly contact the curator Nicole Sarmiento -

Call: +27662692489