Alia Yunis, filmmaker, screenwriter, author and journalist, is currently directing and producing the feature length documentary, The Golden Harvest. If it were a woman, olive oil would be the Mediterranean’s Scherherazade, the great storyteller. In The Golden Harvest, the camera lets olive oil weave its way around the Mediterranean, stopping at different spots, to introduce us to the colorful, often touching characters that inhabit the world of olive oil, which has seeped its way in the culture, economics, history, politics, religion and food of this area for 8,000 years.
A PEN Emerging Voices Fellow,Alia is the author of the novel The Night Counter (Crown/Random House, 2010), which has been critically acclaimed by the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly and several other publications. It was chosen as a top summer read by the Chicago Tribune and Boston Phoenix. The Boston Globe called it “poignant and hilarious” and Daily Candy described the life and times of the main character as “madcap.”
Alia has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in several cities. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Aramco World, and Saveur, among others. Her fiction non-fiction has been published in numerous anthologies. She began her career in film after winning an award for comedy writing from Warner Bros when she was studying at American University in Washington, DC.