The olive is one of the seven symbols of Judaism, and can be seen around the Menorah. The tree is mentioned many times in the bible with associations of blessings, fertility and health, its leaves symbolise peace and light.
Palestine has some of the world’s oldest olive trees, dating back 4,000 years. Some have been passed down for many generations through the same families and symbolise Palestinians’ history and connection with their land.
THE WORK OF THE PROJECT
10 high school students from each country will research their ancestral lines and culture through the relationship to the olive tree and the olive itself.
Their research will include
– The history of their country’s connection the olive tree.
– Dialogues with people who look after the trees
– Dialogues with parents and grandparents
– Gathering of archive photo and film material, songs and poetry
Each group will film as much as they can of their research work, discussions and, with the help of one teacher, will prepare a one-hour presentation of their findings. The presentation can include drama as well as audio/visual material.
All three groups will meet for a two to three-day workshop in Puglia.
– To share their presentations
– To work in groups to deepen their knowledge of each other’s cultures
– To begin work on one presentation that unites their three stories, documents how they have been touched and the lessons they have learnt
This meeting will be filmed
In Puglia, with its 60 million olive trees, the civilization of Mediterranean olive oil generates a landscape of outstanding beauty, and a synthesis of a unique heritage in the panorama of world agriculture, one that tells a story dating back thousands of years.
All of the material of Phase 1 and 2 will be put together by a professional editor, supervised by Hadassa Degani and Nicholas Janni, to make a documentary that captures the journey the three groups have been on and the key messages and learnings that have emerged from their work.