The Golden Harvest

Director: Alia Yunis
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Awarded Best of Fest at two prestigious film festivals
Was screened at World Expo, Manarat Al-Saadiyat, the University of Toronto, William & Mary College, Jordan’s Royal Film Commission, Netherlands-Flemish Institute, Art for All, Mall of the Emirates, University of Cologne, and Beacon Academy
Received the SANAD Fund from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2014
The small-budget documentary was shot in Spain, Greece, Italy, and Palestine with an international crew.
Many people volunteered their time and talent, including renowned Lebanese, Iraqi, Greek, and Italian musicians
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2019/ Jordan - UAE - Palestine - Spain - Greece - Italy85 min/ Documentary
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A 6,000-year-old love story in which the filmmaker tries to understand the profound and often troubled relationship between olive oil and the people of the Mediterranean.
It is a complicated romance — sometimes funny, sometimes tragic — that is constantly evolving in a region that includes some of the poorest and most conflicted areas of Europe and the Middle East.
Juanjo Ruiz
Georgia Kofinas
Father Stavros Kofinas
Diana Farr Louis
Caroline Hall


Screenwriter: Alia Yunis
DOP: Fuad Hindieh
Editor: Jaime Estrada-Torres

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Production Company(ies)
ZigZag Lawn Productions

Alia Yunis Jaime Estrada-Torres

film festivals
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece
Silk Road International Film Festival, US
DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, US
Virginia Film Festival, US
BIFED - Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary, Turkey
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF), US
Palestine Cinema Days, Palestine
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Canada
Food Film Festival, Italy
Master of Art Film Festival, Bulgaria
Chicago Palestine Film Festival, US
IDYLLWILD International Festival of Cinema, US
Cinema & Cibo Film Festival, Italy
Boston Palestine Film Festival, US
Toronto Food Film Festival, Canada
Sao Paolo Film Festival, Brazil
Calgary Arabian Film Nights, Alberta
Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon
Black Hills Film Festival, US
Finger Lakes International Film Festival, US
film awards
Best of Fest at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
SunBird Documentary Award at Palestine Cinema Days
Best of Fest at Finger Lakes International Film Festival
“The documentarian has a light touch, blending serious topics, such as the way that young people no longer want to go into the traditional industries of their parents, or the push and pull between regular and organic farming, with lighter weight recipes and observations. The score from Iraqi composer Oscama Abdulrasol, meanwhile, adds atmosphere and a sense of geographical place without being cliched or overbearing.”
Amber Wilkinson — Eye for film