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Where Olive Trees Weep

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Aug 01, 2024

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About the film

Where Olive Trees Weep offers a searing window into the struggles and resilience of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation. It explores themes of loss, trauma, and the quest for justice. We follow, among others, Palestinian journalist and therapist Ashira Darwish, grassroots activist Ahed Tamimi, and Israeli journalist Amira Hass. We witness Dr. Gabor Maté offering trauma-healing work for a group of women who have been tortured in Israeli prisons. Ancient landscapes bear deep scars, having witnessed the brutal reality of ancestral land confiscation, expulsions, imprisonment, home demolitions, water deprivation, and denial of basic human rights. Yet, through the veil of oppression, we catch a glimpse of resilience—deep roots that have carried the Palestinian people through decades of darkness and shattered lives. This emotional journey bares the humanity of the oppressed while grappling with the question: what makes the oppressor so ruthlessly blind to its own cruelty?




1h 44m




Zaya Benazzo, Maurizio Benazzo


Zaya Benazzo, Maurizio Benazzo, Finley MacNeil

Executive Producer

Ashira Darwish


Caroline Campbell, Maral Quttieneh, Nickoloz Kachibaia, Yasen Stoev

Upcoming screenings

Awards & recognition

San Francisco Documentary Film Festival

Official Selection

Filmmakers United International Film Festival

Best Film on Human Issue

Director's Notes

Official Selection

International Disaster Film Festival

Best Feature Documentary

Universe Multicultural Film Festival

Official Selection

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Official Selection

Creation International Film Festival

Official Selection

Beyond Border International Film Festival

Official Selection

New York Monthly Film Festival

Official Selection

Cinepulse Film Awards

Best Feature Documentary

Santa Barbara Indie Film Festival

Best Feature Documentary

International Brightlight Film Festival

Official Selection

Montreal Independent Film Festival

Official Selection

I Will Tell Film Festival

Official Selection

What people are saying

The Voices of Palestine’s Oppressed and Colonised Speak Out in Zaya & Maurizio Benazzo’s ‘Where Olive Trees Weep’.

Sarah Smith

Directors Notes

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