Middle East Studies

Vivien Sansour – The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library | A Journey of Reclaiming Life in One of the World’s Centers of Diversity: Palestine

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
111 Thayer St. 

Reception to follow

The Decolonial Initiative and the Photographic Archives Research Group present The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library "A Journey of Reclaiming Life in One of the World’s Centers of Diversity: Palestine"

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Vivien Sansour is a film producer, photographer, activist, and organizer from Beit Jala, Palestine. Sansour is the founder of the Palestine Seed Library where her work focuses on issues relating to agriculture, independence, resistance, and preservation. In 2012, she published her first book “Insisting on Life: A Community at Work” for Canaan Fair Trade which provides an ethnographic overview of rural life in Palestine in order to document the harvesting and cultivational practices that have been preserved while illuminating the “reciprocal relationship between the farmer, the producer, and the land.” Sansour has produced several short and feature films including “The People and the Olive” and “the Olive Tree Circus.” She holds a B.A in Political Science with a minor in Theatre Arts and an M.A. in International Studies with a focus on Anthropology from East Carolina University.