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A young Palestinian refugee seeks the help of a captured Israeli Air Force pilot in gaining entry to Israel, and planting an olive tree in memory of his late father in this drama from director Eran Riklis (Eran Riklis, Eran Riklis). Beirut, Lebanon: 1982. Displaced from his home and stranded in the midst of a civil war, Fahed (Abdallah ElAkal) and his people live in constant fear of being invaded by Israel. Fahed spends most of his days ditching school and selling gum and cigarettes to make some extra cash. Meanwhile, PLO officers are repeatedly attempting to recruit Fahed and his friends to take up the fight against the enemy to the south. Later, when the bombs start to fall, Fahed's father is killed as the locals apprehend an Israeli Air Force pilot who ejected from his F-16 in the midst of an air raid. The pilot's name is Yoni (Stephen Dorff), and Fahed quickly makes the decision to set him free so that he can lead the young boy back to the land where his grandfather grew up -- the land now known as Israel. Once there, Fahed will plant the olive tree that his father had been raising before he was killed. Stealthily freeing the pilot in exchange for helping him gain safe passage into Israel, Fahed develops a tenuous bond with Yoni as they elude soldiers on a journey across the war-torn landscape, and attempt to overcome their differences in order to achieve a common goal. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 20, 2013


Stephen Dorff
as Yoni
Ali Suliman
as Syrian Officer
Alice Taglioni
as Leclair
Tarak Kopty
as Seedo
Ashraf Barhom
as Plo Fighter
Jony Arbid
as Abu Fahed
Ashraf Farah
as Khaled


Eran Riklis
Eran Riklis
Leon Edery
Gareth Unwin
Frederick Ritzenberg
Dan Laustsen
Cyril Morin
Composer (Music Score)
Herve Schneid
Romain Legrand
Stephen Dorff
Executive Producer
Pierre Buffin
Executive Producer
Steve Milne
Executive Producer
India Osborne
Executive Producer
Jerome Seydoux
Executive Producer
Simon Olswang
Executive Producer
Hamada Atallah
Costume Designer
Gil Toren
Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Arnardi
Sound Mixer
Dan Hubbard
Yael Aviv
Ashi Milo
Sound Recordist
Ziv Katanov
Hair Styles
Ziv Katanov
Department Head Makeup