The Golden Harvest

Director: Alia Yunis
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The film received the SANAD Fund from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2014.
This started as a film about olive oil, it also evolved into a story about finding our place in the world with a little bit of help from the keeper of our hearts and secrets, the olive tree.
The small-budget documentary was shot in Spain, Greece, Italy, Palestine and Israel, with an international crew, including an Iranian animator, an Indian graphic artist, a Romanian colorist and a Colombian editor who helped the director bring this film into the story it was meant to be.
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
The Golden Harvest is a 6,000-year old love story in which the filmmaker tries to understand the profound, often troubled, relationship between olive oil and the people of Mediterranean, including her own father. Her journey of food, love and heartache takes her to unexpected places as an increasingly diverse cast of characters get involved in unraveling this tale. 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.
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, USA
DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, USA
Virginia Film Festival, USA
BIFED - Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary, Turkey
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF), USA
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, USA
IDYLLWILD International Festival of Cinema, USA
Cinema & Cibo Film Festival, Italy
Boston Palestine Film Festival, USA
Toronto Food Film Festival, Canada
film awards
Best of Fest at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF), USA
SunBird Documentary Award at the Palestine Cinema Days, Palestine