The Village Under The Forest

As a child in South Africa, writer/narrator Heidi Grunebaum collected pennies for planting trees in Israel. Twenty years later she visits the forest she helped finance, only to discover that it was built to hide the ruins of a Palestinian Village destroyed by Israeli forces in 1948.

As a child in South Africa, writer/narrator Heidi Grunebaum put her pennies in a box to help build a forest in Israel. Twenty years later she visits the forest she helped finance, only to find that it was not a project for growth but rather one that would disguise the obliteration of a Palestinian village, Lubya, razed 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. 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.

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