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Advance tickets: $10.00

Tickets a the door:

Adults and waged: $15

Students and unwaged: $10.00

To purchase tickets, please call Ken at 905-383-7693 Centenary Church, which is fully accessible, is kitty-corner to Hamilton City Hall.

PARKING is available behind Hamilton City Hall. All HSR BUSES stop next to the church at the MacNab Bus Terminal.


Jeff is also speaking at McMaster University on the 23rd at noon. Room 224 of the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC 224). Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted.




WHAT: The award-winning, new documentary film, “The Village Under the Forest” is the sensitive story of a South African Jewish woman who, as a child, collected coins for the Jewish National Fund, only to discover, when she grew up, that she had helped create South Africa Park in Israel, a forest planted to cover up the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian village of Lubya during the Nakba of 1948.

WHEN: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6 to 8 pm.

WHERE: (rear of) McMaster Hospital, Ewart Angus Centre, room HSC 1A6

HOW TO GET THERE: A number of HSR buses from the MacNab Terminal downtown stop at McMaster Hospital. Parking is available at $12 under McMaster Hospital and at $6 at the parking lot at the end of College Avenue. McMaster Hospital is completely accessible.

WHY: The point of the event is to support the campaign to end the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund in Canada.

FREE ADMISSION: Donations will be gratefully accepted to the STOP THE J.N.F. CAMPAIGN.

Q & A to follow film.


The Village Under the Forest is a clarion call for the necessity of a re-working of Jewish identity for Jews everywhere… a haunting reminder that the future of Palestinian and Jewish life is inextricably bound and that the ancient Jewish prophetic, though battered and seemingly on its heels, is alive and well.”
Marc H. Ellis, MondoWeiss

“A courageous and poignant narrative told from three personal points of view: that of Grunebaum — a Jewish South African revisiting her allegiance to the Holy Land from the perspective of a romanticised diaspora; those of Palestinian villagers exiled for decades from the land to which they have remained rooted, or relegated to the status of internal refugees; and that of a refusenik — a battle-scarred Israeli who activates for acknowledgment of the Nakba in order for Jews and Palestinians to co-exist in peace… The Village Under the Forest makes for compelling and, possibly, devastating viewing for Jews, particularly those from the diaspora who either did not know about, or have avoided acknowledgment of, the Nakba…”
Hazel Friedman, The Mail & Guardian

“A watershed opening gambit by enlightened and liberal Jews in challenging the blind loyalty of the majority of Jewish people in South Africa and internationally, who remain committed to Israel and the Zionist cause despite the well-exposed Israeli war, atrocities and super apartheid-style discrimination against Palestinians.”
Martin Jansen, Amandla!

“The intriguing, disturbing story of Israel’s ‘South Africa Forest’, created by donations from the South African Jewish community. Heidi Grunebaum had no idea, growing up in South Africa, that the coins she dutifully inserted into Jewish National Fund collection boxes would support the planting of a forest designed to conceal the remains of a Palestinian village destroyed by the Israeli military… The film will likely cause some heated discussion, but presumably that’s the idea.”
Rebecca Davis, The Daily Maverick

“Prompted by a questioning of what it meant to be complicit with Apartheid, the film tackles the question of responsibility in light of the erasure of the village. Using the forest and the village ruins as metaphors, the documentary explores themes related to the erasure and persistence of memory and dares to imagine a future in which dignity, acknowledgement and co-habitation become shared possibilities in Israel/Palestine.”
Alternative Information Centre, Alternative News

The Village Under the Forest has already been creating waves in South Africa. Following the premiere of a film at Encounters International Documentary Festival, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference announced it will end all collaborations with the JNF.”
Adam Weiss, Mondoweiss

“South Africa’s former ambassador in Tel Aviv has publicly rejected a gift from the Israeli government, of 18 trees planted in his name by the Jewish National Fund (JNF), on land violently expropriated from its Palestinian owners… Coovadia’s letter revealing the gift was addressed to Mark Kaplan and Heidi Grunebaum, makers of the recent documentary The Village Under the Forest, which explores the role of the JNF in planting the so-called “South Africa Forest” over the Israeli-destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya.”
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada

“‘The controversy that has surrounded the film speaks to the power of documentaries,’ says festival director Lesedi Oluko Moche. ‘The film’s two sold-out screenings at Encounters really got people talking. You’d expect a film like this from a Palestinian filmmaker, but it’s been made by two Jews who bravely confront, interrogate and take responsibility for the actions of their forebears, something we haven’t seen in many films out of South Africa.'”
Martie Bester, Screen Africa






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