Past Film/Video | Contemporary Screen | Documentaries


(Jumana Manna, 2022)

An older Palestinian man viewed from behind leans over in a field of wild grasses and herbs. He wears a backpack and holds a plastic bag.

Deepen your understanding of our autumn exhibition Jumana Manna: Break, Take, Erase, Tally with Manna’s film that investigates questions of power from the ground up.

In Manna’s meditative documentary Foragers, the Palestinian, Berlin-based filmmaker and sculptor sheds light on the more covert paths of cultural erasure enforced by governments. Through archival footage, scripted reenactments, and interviews, Foragers explores how the traditional Palestinian practice of foraging wild plants—namely the artichoke-like ’akkoub and za’atar (thyme)—is criminalized by the Israeli government in the name of nature conservation. With wry, surprising humor and moments of true poetry, Foragers conveys the joy and wisdom rooted in the ancestral practice of foraging as it strives to outrun the law at every turn. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. (65 mins., DCP)

Join us for Foragers and other lunchtime films presented free of charge in conjunction with our autumn exhibitions, on view in our galleries August 25 through December 30. Stop by Heirloom Café to pick up lunch or a snack to enjoy during our weekday screenings, and discover connections across Manna’s work with a visit to Jumana Manna: Break, Take, Erase, Tally in our galleries.

Foragers, courtesy of the artist.

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"This film is ultimately concerned with what is made extinct and what gets to live on; who gets to decide the fate of herb-picking cultures, and the options that remain for those who don’t."

More about the artist

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Jumana Manna (she/her) is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work explores how power is articulated, focusing on the body, land, and materiality in relation to colonial inheritances and histories of place. She has exhibited at venues including the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, California; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (M HKA) in Belgium; Mercer Union, Toronto; and SculptureCenter, New York, among others. Manna’s work is held in public and private collections internationally, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; MCA Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Carré d’art, Nîmes, France; National Museum of Norway, Oslo; and Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates. Learn more on Jumana Manna’s website.

The September 17 screening is cosponsored by Ohio State’s Middle East Studies Center. 

Rohauer Collection Foundation

Ohio Department of Development
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Wexner Family
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Ohio Arts Council
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

Mike and Paige Crane
Axium Packaging
Nancy Kramer
Ohio State Energy Partners
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection
Larry and Donna James
Bruce and Joy Soll
Jones Day
Alex and Renée Shumate


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