My Tree

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Jewish Interest
Middle Eastern Cultures & Issues
Personal Histories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jason Sherman
Producer(s):Jason Sherman
Aeschylus Poulos
Sonya Di Rienzo
Writer(s):Jason Sherman
Editor(s):Benjamin Lawrence
Cinematography:John M. Tran


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Jason Sherman recalls receiving many gifts for his bar mitzvah, but 40 years later, one particular present has held his fascination. A tree was planted in Israel, in his name. Keen to better understand its origins and hopefully find out what's become of his seedling, he begins a quest from Toronto to Tel Aviv. Along the way he learns a lot about the Jewish National Fund, their afforestation projects and little blue boxes. Throughout the 1970s, the Canadian Jewish diaspora helped raise millions of dollars to develop Canada Park, a 700-hectare Israeli national park. Today, a dense canopy covers the remains of Palestinian villages that were razed in order to make "barren" land green. These forests were part of a national project driven by propaganda and good intentions. Sherman's travels introduce him to many who don't shy away from uncomfortable conversations in his attempt to get to the root of a complicated history. Alexander Rogalski

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