Green Revolutions: Jumana Manna
What connects agricultural reform, biodiversity, and political upheaval in Lebanon and Syria? In her poetic documentary Wild Relatives (2018) Jumana Manna takes us from a seedbank in Aleppo to Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The evening opens with her most recent short Journeys to the Ends of Shu’fat (2020). With an introduction by Christian Henderson.
Landscape is a charged notion in the Middle East.* On the one hand, representations of landscape engage with a heady mix of national and natural borders, tussles over resources and territory, and (colonial) history. On the other hand, it is a rich source of identity, tradition and imagination.