In 1982, amid the Lebanese Civil War, Israeli pilot Yoni (Stephen Dorff) is shot down over Beirut and is taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp. Among the captors 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 ancestral land. Despite his deep-rooted hatred for Yoni, Fahed realizes he can use him to get past the border and into “Palestine” to plant his father’s olive tree. The two embark on a harrowing and dangerous journey – one that tests the very boundaries of humanity. ZAYTOUN is a story of survival, reconciliation and friendship.
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Strangers / Zarim (2007) Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor, Liron Levo, Lubna Azabal, Abdallah El Akal, Drama, Romance
6 days in the lives of Eyal , an Israeli living in a kibbutz, and Rana , a Palestinian living in Paris, which starts with an accidental meeting in the Berlin Subway during the World cup finals, will change them completely. Eyal, who came to meet his accidental girlfriend, and Rana who came to cheer the French team, are forced to share as apartment and spend three intensive days together. As the final match approaches, their relationship tightens and they fall in love. Towards the final game, Rana is forced to leave Eyal who remains in Berlin on his own. Things get complicated as the Israel-Lebanon war breaks, and Eyal full of hope, decides to search for Rana, in spite of it all. An intimate encounter of two strangers in a strange city during World Cup and the second Israel-Lebanon war. A Story that touch’s the profound wounds, created by years of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, of a young generation asking to reconnect and even reconcile.
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