The People and The Olive is a video series filmed and edited by Aaron Dennis, Produced by Jacob Wheeler and Vivien Sansour
Vivien Sansour is a life style writer and photographer. She is
capturing the stories of the farmers of the Palestine Fair Trade Association
for the wider world.
Vivien was Communications Manager/Life and Culture Specialist at The
Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) prior to joining Canaan.
Vivien is an activist and organizer. She has been involved in social justice
issues and organizing communities in Honduras, India, Uruguay, Palestine,
Colombia, and the United States. She is frequently invited to participate in
panels, shows, conferences, and civic events to speak about the Palestinian
experience. Vivien has exhibited her work internationally in the United States, Europe, and Palestine.
Vivien was co-founder and producer/writer for the Los Angeles based non-
profit ImaginAction where she organized and led the wildly successful Olive
Tree Circus to tour Palestine in 2008. The Olive Tree Circus used humor, play,
music and art to help Palestinian farmers access their olive fields during the
Vivien is a native of Beit Jala, Palestine where she grew up under Israeli
military occupation. She has both a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Theatre Arts, and an M.A. in International Studies with a focus in Anthropology from East Carolina University. She is interested in Agriculture as a form of resistance. In the Canaan Fair Trade spirit Vivien tells the stories of Insisting on Life.
While she lives between Los Angeles and Jenin, Vivien dreams of having her own
sustainable farm one day in her hometown of Beit Jala, Palestine.