A Road to Damascus
Spring Grants 2019 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT
Based on Meedo’s novel of the same title. A bus carrying immigrant farmers is gunned down just outside a prosperous wine-producing town in the mountains of Lebanon. The authorities are quick to label the murder politically motivated. They bring in Nancy, a young police cadet born in this town, to console her townspeople. However, Nancy refuses to play into the narrative and instead embarks on her own secret investigation. Meanwhile, a local college professor behaves erratically, covers up evidence, and tells misleading stories about what happened. As he grows into her prime suspect and as their lives intertwine, Nancy’s quest for the truth threatens to destroy the delicate balance of their community.
- Meedo Taha
- Meedo Taha
- Marie Mouchel-Blaisot
About the Director
Meedo Taha is a Lebanese filmmaker and author whose work uses genre elements to explore the space between individual identity and collective memory. His short film ‘The Incident’ received awards from the Directors Guild of America, Phoenix Film Festival, and Lebanese Film Festival. His feature film project ‘Other People’ participated in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Intensive, and won honourable mention at the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards and Francis Coppola’s American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition. Meedo has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Tokyo and an MFA in Directing from UCLA.
Production Company Profile
MAT Productions (formerly MAT Films) is a Paris-based independent production company which develops and produces French and international projects, feature films, and creative documentaries. The company is managed by Richard Magnien and Marie Mouchel-Blaisot, who have over 20 years of experience in production and distribution, with award-winning films in international festivals. Those include ‘The Silences of the Palace’ by Moufida Tlatli (Caméra d’Or Special Mention at Cannes, 1993), ‘La Buena Estrella’ by Ricardo Franco (Un Certain Regard Cannes, 1997 and winner of five Goyas), ‘Les lionceax’ by Claire Doyon (Director’s Fortnight Cannes, 2003), ‘A Police Romance’ by Stéphanie Duvivier (Fassbinder Prize at Mannheim, 2008), ‘Garimpeiro’ by Marc Barrat (São Paulo International Film Festival, 2009). More recently, ‘Fataria’ by Walid Tayaa (with Tunisia), ‘L’Agnello’ by Mario Piredda (with Italy), ‘Bedridden’ by Byamba Sakhya, (with Mongolia). In post-production, ‘Glorious Ashes’ by Bui Thac Chuyen (with Vietnam and Singapore). In development, ‘A Road to Damascus’ by Meedo Taha (with Lebanon), ‘Miren Como Corre El Agua’ by Jairo Boisier (with Chile).