The Color of Olives

The documentary The Color of Olives, by Carolina Rivas, takes a candid look into the daily life of one Palestinian family living under Israeli occupation. Hani Amer, along with his wife and six children, live directly in the path of Israel’s separation barrier. The wall runs directly through their property and as a result their home is completely enclosed by fencing as if it were a prison and not a family residence. Hani Amer and his family must wait for hours, sometimes days, for the Israeli Army to unlock the fence around their home. It is nearly impossible for Mr. Amer to work what is left of his farmland, and for his children to attend school. His wife is left behind at home, rarely able to leave their imposed prison. She stays home, alone, protecting their property from the harassment of Israeli settlers and watches as her husband and children wait on the other side of the fence for heavily armed soldiers to unlock the gate so they may go home.

This film, in its simplicity, was extremely powerful and heartbreaking. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Peace.

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~ by peaceseeker99 on May 5, 2008.

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