‘The People and the Olive’ to Screen on Campus

The People and the Olive“The People and the Olive,” a documentary about the struggles faced by Palestinian fair-trade olive farmers and the American marathoners who helped them, will be shown on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Ferris State University.

The 6 p.m. screening, hosted by the Office of International Education’s Center for Global Studies and Engagement, will be followed by a question-and-answer session with runners from the film. The free event will be held in College of Business Room 111.

“It is a great story and a great issue,” said Elizabeth Matthews, international student advisor and immigration specialist.

“The People and the Olive” raises awareness about the Palestinian farmers’ plight and how the runners – some from the Traverse City area – ran 129 miles in five days across the West Bank to re-plant uprooted olive trees. The 70-minute film documents the February 2012 Run Across Palestine organized by On the Ground, a Traverse City-based humanitarian organization.

“The film shows how difficult it was for the runners to reach their goal. One marathoner was even arrested,” Matthews said. “It’s definitely not a dry film.”

A Pre-Screening Teach In will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the Interdisciplinary Resource Center Room 121. The lecture and question-and-answer session will be an opportunity to learn more about the Israel-Palestine relationship before Thursday’s screening.

The event also is sponsored by the university’s International Student Organization and Circle of Tribal Nations.

For more information, visit the University Events Calendar at http://calendar.ferris.edu/.

To watch a trailer for the documentary, go to http://thepeopleandtheolive.com/.

Last updated: 08-15-2013