What People Are Saying:
Alia Yunis’ film is full of curiosity and wonder, a journey told through olive trees and the complexities of Mediterranean lives, of human beings trying to learn to be as strong as our olive trees, steadfast. It was pure pleasure to watch.
-Annemarie Jacir, director, Wajib
Alia Yunis's deeply intimate portrait of olive oil speaks to universal truths about culture, community, family, and eating well. It is a moving experience you will not soon forget.
-James Oseland, editor-in-chief of World Food and former editor-in-chief of Saveur
The Golden Harvest is a love song to the olive tree and to the golden life force that flows through the Mediterranean and Middle East. It also explores the stories of people who grow this most ancient of crops in varied, complex and challenging lands. It is a wonderful film: bitter, sweet and complex – like the oil itself.
-Greg Malouf, celebrity chef and Lucy Malouf, author, Suqar
The Golden Harvest is a gorgeous love story that masterfully traces the fraught itineraries of the humble olive…This is a documentary that will remind us to that food is more than mere sustenance; Olives and olive oil anchor people to a place, a time, a history, ultimately reminding us that like the olive, our relationship to home is often bittersweet.
-Anita Mannur, author of Eating Asian America: A Reader and Culinary Fiction
The Golden Harvest is a thoughtful, exhilarating journey through the history, politics, and economics of olive oil - narrated with passion and anchored by the stories of so many extraordinary people who produce it.
-Layne Mosler, author of Driving Hungry and Dancing in Buenos Aires
The Golden Harvest is a poignant and insightful documentary focusing on the “green gold” of the Mediterranean. Yunis’s journey, a tribute to her father’s love of olive oil, is rich and compelling. I enjoyed watching every minute.
-Barbara Abdeni Massaad
Author of Manoushe and Soup for Syria, president Slow Food Beirut
My dad loved everything about our olive trees in Syria and never failed to tell us that we are eating something that his father planted. He loved his olive trees so much that he asked to be buried under one. This film captures all of emotion and history for this beloved tree that for every person from the Mediterranean is the flag of home.
-Sanaa Abourezk, Chef/Dietitian and Restaurateur in the Middle of America (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)