Released: 9 September 2012 

Country: Israel, United Kingdom, France

Director: Eran Riklis 

Producer: Gareth Unwin 

Lead Actors: Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal 


The fictional film tells the story of the forging of an unlikely friendship between an Israeli fighter pilot and a Palestinian boy forced to depend upon each other to return to a land they both call “home". UNIFIL personnel are portrayed in the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012.

CCOI’s Role:

CCOI assisted Bedlam Productions with script review and legal clearance to use the UN name and branded items 

Related UN Issues:

Women’s menstrual hygiene

Sustainable Development Goals - #3 Good Health and Well-being, #5 Gender Equality and #6 Clean Water and Sanitation

News Coverage:

[Huffington Post] Zaytoun: A Film Review

[NPR] From Lebanon to Israel, With an Olive Tree in Tow