“Village under the Forest” (S. Africa, 2013)

Tuesday 29th October

When greening is an act of obliteration…


TheVillageUnderTheForestPR3700As a child in South Africa, writer/narrator Heidi Grunebaum put her pennies in a JNF (Jewish National Fund) box to help build a forest in Israel. Twenty years later she revisits the forest she helped finance, only to find that it was not a project for growth but rather one that would disguise deliberate obliteration of the Palestinian village Lubya, by Zionist forces in 1948.

Prompted by a questioning of what it meant to be complicit with Apartheid, the film tackles the question of responsibility in light of the erasure of the village.

“Village Under the Forest” is directed by South African filmmaker, Mark Kaplan and written and narrated by Cape Town based Jewish scholar and author Heidi Grunebaum. 

Plus: We are delighted to welcome Selma James, founder member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) for an audience discussion following the film


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