In conjunction with Tu b'Shvat, the new year of the trees, on Sunday the 24th of January at 11 am Edmonton Time (1 pm ET) there will be an online screening of Heidi Grunebaum and Mark Kaplan’s feature-length documentary film, The Village Under the Forest (Grey Matter Media, 2013). Trees have long served political purposes, both symbolic and practical, in Israel/Palestine. The Jewish National Fund has long raised funds, in its Blue Box campaign, to plant trees to "make the desert bloom" in Israel. This film explores the dark side of this campaign, in which environmentally disastrous pine forests were planted to hide the ruins of Palestinian villages, destroyed during/after the expulsions of 1948, and to prevent the villagers' return. After the film, we will have a discussion with filmmaker Heidi Grunebaum. You must register in advance for this meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsduyqrDorG9awEp1HpdXuc05Cz5OKiEza After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.