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Dead Dog

Fall Grants 2017 - Production Stage

Sarah Francis / Feature Narrative / Lebanon, France, Qatar / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama


Aida, a 47-year-old woman living in Beirut, learns that Walid, her husband who lives and works abroad, is secretly returning to his empty family house in the mountains. Taken aback, she decides to surprise him there. Temporarily reunited in that space, they both hide things from each other and face the dysfunctional status of their relationship. A narrator punctuates the depiction of these four days as if describing an archive found in the character’s belongings.


Sarah Francis
Sarah Francis
Sarah Francis, Lara Abou Saifan, Marine Vaillant
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placeless films

About the Director

Sarah Francis grew up and studied in Beirut. She worked as a film director, editor and content researcher for various production companies and regional museums. In 2013 she produced and directed her first feature film, 'Birds of September', which premiered in the CPH:DOX main competition and then screened in numerous festivals and museums (Art of the Real Lincoln Center (NY), Stedelijk Museum (NL), Doxa (Ca), DMZ Docs (South Korea), etc.) and received several awards. Her works also include short films and videos ('Nawal's Rituals', produced by Ashkal Alwan, 2014). Her second feature film ‘As Above so below’ (2020) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2020. 'Dead Dog' is her third feature film, and the closest to the fiction genre.


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    Lara Abu Saifan

    placeless films llc.

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    Sarah Francis

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