Zaytoun

Zaytoun

DVD - 2014
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In 1982, amid the Lebanese Civil War, Israeli pilot Yoni is shot down over Beirut and taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp. Among them is ten-year-old Fahed, whose father obsessively tends to his prized, but sickly olive tree, refusing to replant it until they return to their homeland. Fahed decides to use him to get past the border and into Palestine to plant his father's olive tree. The two embark on a dangerous journey, one that tests the very boundaries of humanity.
Publisher: [United States] : Strand Releasing, 2014.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: ZAYT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Dorff, Stephen

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hoacornell
Feb 08, 2017

Don't let the title of this film keep you from seeing it. It is a wonderful movie with a heartwarming message! The children in the film are especially good actors. Give this movie a chance and you will be well rewarded!

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aqiva
Aug 28, 2014

A rare Israeli film in which the director and N. American distributor had enough common sense to include closed captioning (for the hearing impaired and deaf) viewers not only for the Hebrew and Arabic dialogue but for dialogue spoken in English as well. Kudos!
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Very well acted, excellent cinematography. The film's only problem is what viewers know will follow the end of the movie's story.

The first third of the film is centered in the Shatila refugee camp, where the boy, his friends and his grandfather live.

And in the movie's storyline the massacre of as many as 3,500 Palestinians in the Shatila and Sabra refugee camps has yet to happen.

Having that unaddressed history dangle unstated, invisibly and silently at the movie's end is akin to watching a movie, for example, about Jews or Romany & Sinti in just about any European setting of the late 1930's, or a movie about Rwandans in 1993 prior to the the 1994 genocide, or about Cambodians in 1994, the year before the Khmer Rouge took power.

harrybrowne Jul 19, 2014

Earnest effort that falls short. Is emotionally flat and superficial, even though it is a good story. The olive tree is a wonderful bit and the music is terrific too. Worth seeing but don't expect much.

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tj_is_cool
Apr 11, 2014

Exceptionally well done film about how two enemies became friends.

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