Zaytoun is a moving story of survival, reconciliation and friendship set in 1982, amid the Lebanese Civil War. While on a mission, Israeli fighter pilot Yoni (Stephen Dorff) is shot down over Beirut and taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp. Among the captors is ten-year-old Fahed (Abdallah El Akal), whose father is killed in the bombing raid. Having listened to stories all his life about the supposedly idyllic village his grandfather called home when Israel was still Palestine, Fahed is overtaken by a powerful urge to return to the land of his ancestors and plant the olive tree his father had been nurturing. That requires making a perilous decision: to free the captive Israeli pilot. In return, Yoni must agree to take Fahed to Israel. The two form a tentative bond and embark on a harrowing and dangerous journey—one that tests the very boundaries of humanity. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree, The Human Resources Manager). (Partially subtitled) Official Web Site

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Eran Riklis


Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal, Ali Suliman

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