Film Review: The Colour of Olives

Film Review….The Colour of Olives directed by Carolina Rivas

We just watched a beautiful film from 2006 about a Palestinian family living surrounded by the Apartheid Wall. If you haven’t seen it yet you should….if you’re in Winnipeg I happened to come across it at Movie Village (now in the Music Trader store) in Osborne Village.

The Colour of Olives focuses on a week in the life of the Amers and how even the simplest tasks of daily life are a challenge.

For example, the family’s land, that consists of orange and olive groves, is located entirely on the other side of the wall and in order to tend and water their crops and get them to market, they must to rely on Israeli soldiers to let them pass. The six children in the family also have to go through checkpoints in order to get to and from school, and the mother says she also worries that one day the Israeli guards may not allow them to return home.

Beautifully filmed-the family home hemmed in by the wall and barbed wire fencing and is juxtaposed with a modern Israeli settlement on the other side-it reminded me of Island Lakes or Waverley West. There is both a vulnerability and strength to this film. The viewer fears for the family’s well-being and survival, but also marvels at their tenacity and will to remain in their home in Palestine.

A must-see, The Colour of Olives A story of everyday life in Palestine won the Courage in Filmmaking Award from the Women Film Critics Circle and was an Official Selection at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Please leave your comments here if you have also seen this film!

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