Zaytoun (2012): Israeli Eran Riklis’ Adventure Thriller, Starring Stephen Dorff

Eran Riklis’ Zaytoun, an Israeli adventure thriller, premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Fest.

The screenplay of the film (whose title is the Arabic word for olive) was written by Nader Rizq, a Palestinian-American living in the U.S.

A tale of survival, reconciliation and friendship, Zaytoun is grounded in particular socio-political circumstances,

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 that 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.