• 24 May 2022 to 24 May 2022

    Documentary Film Screening | 'THE GOLDEN HARVEST' | 24 May 2022, 7.00 pm

    Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts is delighted to host the screening of the award-winning documentary film The Golden Harvest (2019) by writer and filmmaker Dr. Alia Yunis on Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 7.00 pm.

    The film captures the world of the Mediterranean through its grandest symbol, the olive tree. The screening will be followed with a discussion moderated by Dr. Benedito Ferrão involving the history of olive oil and trees, Palestine and the politics of ecology, as well as the link between nature and memory. 

    The Golden Harvest made its debut at the renowned Thessaloniki Film Festival and went on to win Best of the Fest in its US debut at the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival and most recently Best of the Fest at the 2022 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

    Open to all | Limited seats | Prior registration is required

    For more details: call +91 9767864206; +91 9370675100 | Email: info@sgcfa.org


    The Golden Harvest is a 6,000-year old love story in which the filmmaker tries to understand the profound, often troubled, relationship between the olive tree and the people of the Mediterranean, including her own father. Her journey takes her to unexpected places as an increasingly diverse cast of characters get involved in unraveling this tale. It is a complicated romance, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic that is constantly evolving in a region that includes some of the poorest and most conflicted areas of Europe and the Middle East.
    It was filmed in Spain, Greece, Italy, and Palestine, with an international crew. Many people volunteered their time and talent, including renowned Lebanese, Iraqi, Greek and Italian musicians and acclaimed Colombian/Spanish editor, Jaime Estrada-Torres, who helped the director bring this film into the story it was meant to be.

    Duration: 85 min
    Countries of Production: Spain, Palestine, Italy, Greece, UAE, UK
    Producers: Alia Yunis & Jaime Estrada-Torres
    Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Arabic
    Subtitles: English


    As a writer and filmmaker, Alia Yunis has worked on projects in five continents. Her feature documentary, The Golden Harvest (2019), made its debut at Thessaloniki International Film Festival, won Best of the Fest at its US debut at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and has gone on to play at several other festivals. Alia spent many years in Los Angeles as a screenwriter and script analyst. Alia is a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow. Her novel, The Night Counter (Random House 2010), was critically-acclaimed by the Washington Post, the Boston Entertainment Weekly.  Her fiction and non-fiction writings have appeared in numerous books, magazines and anthologies and been translated into eight languages. She teaches film and heritage studies at NYU in Abu Dhabi.


    R. Benedito Ferrão is an Assistant Professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies at William & Mary (Virginia, USA). He is currently a Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies at the Xavier Center of Historical Research, Porvorim. Ferrão is the editor of the book Goa, Portugal, Mozambique: The Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar (2017) and is currently working on curational projects involving Navelcar’s art and that of Karishma D’Souza. His scholarly writing appears in various international journals and edited books, including Verge, Research in African Literatures, Gender, Sexuality, Decolonization: South Asia in the World Perspective (2021) and Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism (2017). His fiction and creative non-fiction can be read in Riksha, The Good Men Project, Mizna, and The João Roque Literary Journal, while his op-eds have appeared in Scroll and The Wire.