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"The People and The Olive" - Film and Q&A with Director Aaron Dennis (SAC alum)
"The People and The Olive" is an inspiring feature-length documentary about the daily struggles and joys of Palestinian olive farmers. When a group of American ultra-marathoners sets out to run 129 miles in 5 days across the West Bank they discover that in replanting uprooted olive trees they are planting hope and building cultural bridges.
Aaron Dennis has over ten years of professional experience working around the globe on film and video projects. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Screen Arts and Cultures program, Dennis began his career in Malawi, Africa filming the work of Malaria and AIDS researchers. Afterwards he spent five years in New York City working on several PBS documentaries including the award-winning four-part “Supreme Court” series. In 2007 he spent seven months filming the Tibetan communities of India, Nepal and Tibet to create an archive of a rapidly changing culture. In 2008 he returned to his beautiful hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. In 2012 he released “The People and The Olive: The Story of the Run Across Palestine” which he directed and edited.