The Village Under the Forest

Canadian Premiere of ‘The Village Under the Forest’, and panel discussion about the Jewish National Fund

Independent Jewish Voices – Ottawa is proud to present the Canadian premiere of The Village Under the Forest. Unfolding as a personal mediation from the Jewish Diaspora, 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—courtesy of the Jewish National Fund.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on the Jewish National Fund.
When: Sunday, May 11 from 6:30-9:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30, show begins at 6:45.

Where: Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St.

Tickets cost $10 and are available for advance purchase at the Mayfair Box office, Octopus Books, Singing Pebble Books, OPIRG-Carleton, and OPIRG/GRIPO.

The three panelists are:

Bill Skidmore: Presently the academic supervisor in the Combined Honours B.A. in Human Rights program at Carleton University, amongst a vast array of human rights issues, Bill’s particularly interested in torture and other forms of political repression, as well as the impact of warfare on human rights. He will be speaking about the Jewish National Fund and its relation to international human rights law.

Nahla Abdo: Professor in the department of Anthropology and Sociology at Carleton University, Nahla’s work focuses on gender, sexuality, citizenship and the State in the Middle East, amongst other related topics. She is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, and will speak about the discrimination she faces at the hands of the Jewish National Fund.

A Palestinian refugee living in Ottawa will speak about his experiences and reflections on being a Palestinian refugee living in the Diaspora, and how the Jewish National Fund impacts on his rights as a refugee.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the “Trees for Life: Planting Peace in Palestine” program, which provides individual Palestinian farmers with new olive tree saplings (3 years old) to plant and nurture in order to renew their decimated groves. The project helps offset the enormous destruction of olive trees by the Israeli army, settlers and the illegal Annexation Wall. It also helps starter and women farmers. For more information about the program, check out their website:

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