Valleys of Hope and Despair; peace
building through independent
environmental documentaries
By Joshka Wessels
Lund Univers...
Ecological Peacebuilding:
environment, democracy and peace.
• The environmental roots to armed conflicts
• Theories of eco...
Wadi Fukin,
shedding a tear for human & nature
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Area C
600 year old terraces, UNESCO designated
Colonisa...
Research and development
• A passion for water, nature & film
• EU-Meda Water film project “Save local, Solve
gobal”
• Dev...
Challenges of production and
development
• Interviews, filming with Palestinian Water
Authority, researchers
• Interviews,...
Challenges of production and
development
• Traveling through Ben Gurion Airport or the
Allenby Bridge
• On-going FoEME env...
Challenges of production and
development
• Under reported issues of environment and
water, lack of production funding
• Pi...
Worldwide broadcast, screenings and
audience feedback
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November 2010 TX Al Jazeera English
Repeats throughout 2011...
Challenges and a community tour in
Occupied Territories
Challenges and a community tour in
Occupied Territories
Challenges and a community tour in
Occupied Territories
Realities of conflict, recognitions, fear
and mistrust
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Recognising trauma
Suspicion towards the other
Probl...
Conclusion
• Daily confrontation with occupation &
increasing settler violence, suffocation
• One-staters vs. two-staters ...
Valleys of hope and despair, peacebuilding through environmental documentaries
Valleys of hope and despair, peacebuilding through environmental documentaries
Valleys of hope and despair, peacebuilding through environmental documentaries
Valleys of hope and despair, peacebuilding through environmental documentaries
Valleys of hope and despair, peacebuilding through environmental documentaries
Valleys of hope and despair, peacebuilding through environmental documentaries
Valleys of hope and despair, peacebuilding through environmental documentaries
Valleys of hope and despair, peacebuilding through environmental documentaries
Valleys of hope and despair, peacebuilding through environmental documentaries
Valleys of hope and despair, peacebuilding through environmental documentaries
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Presentation on filming my film Valleys of Hope and Despair about Wadi Fukin, a small Palestinian village.

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Valleys of hope and despair, peacebuilding through environmental documentaries

  1. 1. Valleys of Hope and Despair; peace building through independent environmental documentaries By Joshka Wessels Lund University Sweden
  2. 2. Ecological Peacebuilding: environment, democracy and peace. • The environmental roots to armed conflicts • Theories of ecological peace-building, peace with peaceful means • Environmental politics/political ecology. • Impact of occupation on nature. • Environmentalism in religion; the Divineness of Nature • Holistic approach to peacemaking; there are no war heros, only peace heros
  3. 3. Wadi Fukin, shedding a tear for human & nature • • • • • • • • • Area C 600 year old terraces, UNESCO designated Colonisation Land confiscation Settler violence and harassment Marginalisation of agricultural production Pollution and drying up of Palestinian springs Sewage spill-over Peace building despite everything
  4. 4. Research and development • A passion for water, nature & film • EU-Meda Water film project “Save local, Solve gobal” • Development “From The Source” media initiative & blog with personal investment • Inception tour June 2009 (Jordan, Palestine, Israel)
  5. 5. Challenges of production and development • Interviews, filming with Palestinian Water Authority, researchers • Interviews, filming with Israeli environmentalists, researchers • Cooperation with FoEME, initial idea of “Share the Drop”
  6. 6. Challenges of production and development • Traveling through Ben Gurion Airport or the Allenby Bridge • On-going FoEME environmental project “Good Water Neighbours” • Visit of the Elders to Wadi Fukin and Tsur Hadassah • Pitching “Share The Drop” in Europe • Being a Western Dutch female filmmaker; gender, expectations and perception.
  7. 7. Challenges of production and development • Under reported issues of environment and water, lack of production funding • Pitching water stories to Television trust for the Environment, Al Jazeera English (UK) • Putting together a Dutch-Israeli-Palestinian crew • Connecting with people of Wadi Fukin and Tsur Hadassah • Entering Bitar Illit
  8. 8. Worldwide broadcast, screenings and audience feedback • • • • November 2010 TX Al Jazeera English Repeats throughout 2011 Director’s cut in 2011 Screenings in Environmental filmfestivals, The Netherlands, Sweden, the UK • Crowdfunding for community tour with Palestinians Mobile Cinema Association
  9. 9. Challenges and a community tour in Occupied Territories
  10. 10. Challenges and a community tour in Occupied Territories
  11. 11. Challenges and a community tour in Occupied Territories
  12. 12. Realities of conflict, recognitions, fear and mistrust • • • • • • • Recognising trauma Suspicion towards the other Problems working with settlers, collaboration Anti-normalisation sentiments Blind spots for our common humanity Cycle of violence towards Self Hydrological and ecological cycles of Life
  13. 13. Conclusion • Daily confrontation with occupation & increasing settler violence, suffocation • One-staters vs. two-staters (Palestine-Israel) • Anti-normalisation and Arabophobia • Peace industry or peace of mind • Suspicion, traumatic stress and reconciliation • Inter-connectedness, the hydrological cycle • Common humanity and the environment

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