The Color of Olives

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The Color of Olives
Directed by Carolina Rivas
Produced by Daoud Sarhandi
Starring Hani Amer
Monira Amer
and their 6 children
Cinematography Daoud Sarhandi
Edited by Daoud Sarhandi
Distributed by Arab Film Distribution (U.S.)
Release date
July 12, 2006 (U.S.)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Israel
Language Arabic
Budget $35,000

The Color of Olives (Arabic: لون الزيتون‎‎, Lawn al-Zaytoon) is a documentary film that captures moments from the lives of a Palestinian family.

The Color of Olives was filmed in Masha, a Palestinian village 15 miles from Tel Aviv. Mexican director Carolina Rivas focuses on a Palestinian family of eight, headed by Hani and Monira Amer.

Recently a wall has been completed and is now separating Israel from the West Bank. Because of the wall Hani has had his orange and olive groves separated by electrified fences, a military road and a checkpoint. In Rivas' film it shows how Hani and his children wait patiently each morning for soldiers to unlock the gate so that Hani can go to work and his children can get to their school.

The Color of Olives was shot using only natural light.

In the United States, the movie opened in New York at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in the East Village. It was shown with English subtitles.


  • Catsoulis, Jeannette. (2006, July 12). A Wall Runs Through It: One Palestinian Family's Tale. The New York Times, p. B7

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