Spring Grant 2011 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
Sarah, a teenager, lives with Marta – her grandmother – and her younger sister in Byblos. The family is stigmatised by the community because Sarah’s mother has left, and life is turned upside down when a Virgin Mary in Marta’s shrine starts leaking oil. It’s a miracle. Marta becomes the centre of attention in town, while Sarah’s skepticism strains an already fragile relationship. ‘Grandma’ is a universal story about faith, family and true miracles that change hearts and minds.
- Merva Faddoul
- Merva Faddoul
- Jad Moussa, Alicia Fahad
About the Director
Merva Faddoul grew up in Byblos, with four siblings and a wild imagination. She has a BA in communications from the Lebanese American University and an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. Her documentary ‘T for Middle Eastern’ (2007) played at several international festivals, including the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, the Annual Arab Film Festival in San Francisco and Human Rights Nights in Bologna. Her fiction script ‘Teta’ (2011) won National Geographic’s All Roads Seed Grant. She is currently in development on several feature projects including ‘Lebanese Beauty’ and ‘Hummus Wars’.
Production Company Profile
Jad Moussa (1988) grew up in Amchit, Lebanon. As a kid, he loved showbiz and started performing for his friends and family. At 17, he discovered the audiovisual field of study, instantly fell in love and chose it as a major. In 2007, he joined the Visual Arts faculty at Holy Spirit University in Kaslik, Lebanon, and his passion for movies and filmmaking continues to grow. Jad met Merva Faddoul in 2007 and the two started a partnership which resulted in their collaboration on ‘Teta’. He wrote and directed the film ‘In Loving Memory’ and worked in the camera department on Joe Bou Eid's feature film ‘Tannoura Maxi’ (2011).
Awards and Festival History
Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2011, in Official Selection Arab Shorts Competition (Qatar)
Oran International Arab Film Festival 2011, in Official Selection (Alegeria)
Cannes Short Film Corner 2012, Registered (France)
Alwan's Short Video Slam (NY) 2012,
Received Best Actress Award, at Baghdad International Film Festival 2012 (Qatar)