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Color of Olives, The
Color of Olives The
Director: Carolina Rivas
Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Documentary
UR     2007     1hr 37min

From Mexican director Carolina Rivas and cinematographer Daoud Sarhandi comes this elegant and visually breathtaking new film about the Palestinian experience. The Amer family lives surrounded by the infamous West Bank Wal...  more »


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Director: Carolina Rivas
Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, History
Studio: AFD
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/23/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Arabic

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Movie Reviews

Under siege . . .
Ronald Scheer | Los Angeles | 02/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary by Mexican filmmaker Carolina Rivas tells in microcosm the story of Israel's impact on the lives of ordinary Palestinians. A once-prosperous rural family living outside Tel Aviv has found itself in the path of the security walls being erected by Israel in the wake of suicide bombers and armed resistance. Their house now separated from their olive groves and vegetable gardens paved over for a road serving Israeli military vehicles, they are virtual prisoners within a system of security fences. To get anywhere, the parents and each of their six children must wait sometimes hours for soldiers to unlock gates and let them through. Meanwhile, day or night, their house may be the target of a barrage of rocks thrown, we are told, by youngsters from a nearby Jewish settlement. As represented by the film, it is a war of nerves in which the family hangs on tenaciously to a spot of land that they refuse to surrender.

Rivas' documentary style borrows heavily from the tradition of cinema verite, as she views the action of the film - often long waiting at closed gates - with her camera in what seems to be a concealed position. There is no narration and no talking heads, and we get little explanation of the situation, except for what can be gleaned from printed quotes of family members that appear from time to time on the screen. While the news media dramatize the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians by focusing on bombings, this film gives a different kind of picture by examining the day-to-day lives of noncombatants."