Gal Gadot to Co-produce Film Adaptation of Barred Novel on Israeli-Palestinian Romance

Dorit Rabinyan's 'All the Rivers' was at the heart of a controversy after Israel's Education Ministry refused to include it in reading list for high school students

Itay Stern
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Gal Gadot and her husband, Yaron Versano.
Gal Gadot and her husband, Yaron Versano at the world premiere of her film "Wonder Woman" in Los Angeles.Credit: Jordan Strauss/AP
Itay Stern
Itay Stern

"All the Rivers," a Hebrew-language novel about a romance between a Jewish Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, is being made into a movie that will co-produced by Israeli actress Gal Gadot.

The book by Dorit Rabinyan, whose original English-language title was "Borderlife," sparked controversy when the Israeli Education Ministry declined a recommendation that it be required reading for high school literature students.

The novel, which has been translated into 27 languages, tells the story of the relationship between Liat, an Israeli Jewish woman living in the United States, and Hilmi, a Palestinian man. In 2015, it was awarded Israel's Bernstein Prize for literary work by authors no older than 50.

Details regarding the expected release date for the film or who would star in the production were not provided. It will be co-produced by Keshet International and by Pilot Wave, an American production company founded by Gadot and her husband, Yaron Versano.

Gadot, who is perhaps best known as the star of the movie "Wonder Woman," arrived in Israel on Tuesday to sign the production contract at the offices of Keshet. The company's Keshet International overseas affiliate has been involved in recent years in a number of high-profile productions, including the series "Our Boys," which it produced with HBO, as well as an adaptation of "Beauty and the Baker" for ABC and "Lincoln" for NBC.  

Among Pilot Wave's current projects is an American adaptation of the Israeli television series "Malkot."

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