37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

The Golden Harvest


In this “6,000-year-old love story,” director Alia Yunis explores the complicated relationship between the people of the Mediterranean and their olive trees. Her search leads her on a riveting journey around her home, encountering an ensemble of characters who share the stories and symbolism imbued in every bottle of olive oil. These ancient trees have seen the rise and fall of civilizations, stalwarts against the decay of time; Yunis sets out to discover the secrets that lie behind these magnificent specimens. A delightful insight into what can make the mundane magical, Yunis’ award-winning documentary is a gold-tinged masterpiece. Discussion with Tessa Farmer (UVA), moderated by Nizar Hermes (UVA)

This film is part of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Film series supported by the UVA Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and the UVA Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures


Sunday, October 27


11:15 AM


Violet Crown 5

Film Info

Director: Alia Yunis

Runtime: 85 min.

Year: 2019

Country: Jordan, Italy, Spain, Greece, United Arab Emirates

Language: English, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Arabic

Accessibility: Subtitles