The ‘Colour of Olives’ was filmed in Masha, a Palestinian village 15 miles from Tel Aviv. Mexican directory Carolina Rivas focuses on a Palestinian family of eight, headed by Hani Amer and his wife Monira. The village has been disrupted by construction of the wall separating Israel from the West Bank. The Amer’s home is now separated from their orange and olive groves by electrified fences, a military road and a checkpoint. Rivas shows how Hani and his children wait patiently each morning for soldiers to unlock the gate to allow Hani to go to work and the children to get to their school.
Carolina Rivas studied at School of Writers in Mexico and at University Centre of Film Studies (CUEC-UNAM), where she specialised in direction and script writing. Since 1999, Carolina has regularly collaborated with the film magazine Movie Studies. For the last six years she has taught cinema and film making in diverse academic institutions in Mexico. Her thesis film ‘Zona Cero’ has been awarded at a number of international and national film festivals, The ‘Colour of Olives’ is her debut full-length documentary.
El Color de los olivos