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THE OLIVE HARVEST
SYNOPSIS:

Upon his release from an Israeli prison, older brother Mazen (Mazen Saade) develops romantic feelings for his childhood friend, Raeda (Raeda Adun). However, Raeda is already engaged to Mazen's younger brother Taher (Taher Najeeb), their love kept a secret because of the tradition for the eldest brother to wed first. ...more

 
AWARDS: -


CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: BEST ARAB FILM AWARD. And the SPECIAL JURY AWARD.
SAN FRANSISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: HONONARY MENTION
WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL: THE PEACE FILM AWARD
ASHLAND FILM FESTIVAL: BEST CAST ANSEMBLE
SAN PAULO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: FINALIST.
AFI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OFFICIAL SELECTION.
SEE ADDTITIONAL LIST UNDER SCREENINGS
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THE PALESTINIAN CAST:  -

 

  Name Role  

Raeda Adon        
Muhammad Bacri       
Samieh Kazmooz
Arren Umari
Taher Najuib
Mazen Saade
Heba Ibrahim
Mahmoud Awad
Auntie Kokab
Yaaquob Ismaael
Raeda
Abu Saleh
Em Saleh
Arren
Taher Saade
Mazen Saade
Heba Ibrahim
Abo Yousif
Kokab Nasser
Yaaquob Ismaael
Young woman Raeda
father of Raeda
Mother of Raeda
Sister of Raeda
Raeda’s fiance’
Taher’s older brother
Raeda’s friend
Taher’s Boss
Taher, Mazen Aunt
Taher’s friend


Special thanks to the people of Ber Zeit, Silwaad, Yaabud, Jerusalem, Jennin, El Jish.
Also, the Ramallah Hospital, Enaash Al Ussrah Embroidaty, Hamelaat Altiyb Embroidary.
And all the cast and crew.
My family, especially my mom Lorensa and brother Sharbel. the UCLA film Alumni and Faculty who helped with the project: Richard and Barbara Marks, Robert Nakamura, Patrick Drummond. Alexander Payne, Liz Cane, Jennifer Jew, Andrea Sharp, Cammy Spenser, Mike Zapanta, Bob Manginilli, Diane Fredrick, …
And Kayo Hatta †