Celebrate with World Community

World Community is hosting a celebration of olive oil with the inspiring film The People and the Olive this Sunday.

World Community is hosting a celebration of olive oil with the inspiring film The People and the Olive this Sunday.

The film begins at 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Seniors’ Lounge. You’re welcome for appetizers featuring Fair Trade Zatoun olive oil and Za’atar herb mix prior to the screening.

When a group of American ultra-marathoners sets out to run 129 miles in five days across Palestine, they discover that in replanting uprooted olive trees, they are planting hope and building cultural bridges. The runners’ motto was “beyond politics, beyond barriers, beyond “us and them.”

The People and the Olive was filmed during the The Run Across Palestine in February 2012.

The run was supported by the Palestine Fair Trade Association, a collective of over 2,500 small-scale farmers in the West Bank who have embraced fair trade practices to sustain their future and to sell their products worldwide.

“We were excited to find this excellent film about a run that ends at the factory where the Zatoun fair trade olive oil we sell is produced,” said Janet Fairbanks from World Community. “It’s great to see some of the farmers and the landscape where the olives are grown.”

The runners faced many barriers in the endeavour, barriers that represented a microcosm of what their Palestinian friends face every day. Along the way, they forged deep bonds with their hosts while witnessing the harsh reality and beauty of life in the West Bank.

It’s an uplifting story about connecting people on the human level.

Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome. For more information, phone 250-337-5412.

— World Community

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