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Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous

Spring Grants 2019 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION

Wissam Charaf / Feature Narrative / France, Lebanon, Germany, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Fantasy


Roaming the streets of Beirut searching for metal objects to be recycled, Ahmed, a Syrian refugee with hundreds of shrapnel wounds in his body, thought he’d find love with Mehdia, an Ethiopian domestic. But in this city, such a story seems almost impossible. Mehdia is having a hard time. Old Ibrahim, her employer who she looks after, is going insane. His wife, Leila, can no longer cope and daily life in the house becomes a ridiculously absurd dialogue of the deaf. And when Leila’s son, Fadi, arrives to visit his parents, things get even worse. Mehdia decides to run away with Ahmed, and so begins an adventure that will take Ahmed and Mehdia to the Eastern border where Ahmed’s family has taken refuge. But meanwhile, Ahmed’s right arm slowly turns black, hard and metallic.


Wissam Charaf
Wissam Charaf, Mariette Desert
Charlotte Vincent, Pierre Sarraf

About the Director

Wissam Charaf is a Lebanese/French director. From 2004 to 2018, he directed the shorts films 'Hizz Ya Wizz' (2004), 'An Army of Ants' (2007), 'After' (2016) and 'Unforgettable Memory of a Friend' (2018), selected in various film festivals such as Locarno, Rotterdam, and Clermont-Ferrand. In 2012, he directed his first documentary 'It's all in Lebanon' (2014), awarded by the Bronze Tanit for Best Documentary at Carthage Film Festival. In 2016, he directed his first feature film 'Heaven Sent' (2016), selected by ACID in Cannes which won, among others, the Grand prize at Tübingen Film festival.

Production Company Profile

Over the past few years, Aurora Films, based in Paris, France, has specialized in French and international co-productions and has produced about 50 films including shorts, documentaries and feature films. Out of the seven feature films produced, five were selected at Cannes. Recent films include ‘Exotica, Erotica, Etc.’ by Evangelia Kranioti, which premiered in the Forum Section of Berlin Film Festival 2015, ‘Heaven Sent’ (‘Tombé du ciel’) by Wissam Charaf selected by ACID in Cannes 2016 as well as ‘Diamond Island’ by Davy Chou, which was awarded the Prix SACD 2016 at the Critic’s Week in Cannes 2016.


  • Main Contact

    Charlotte Vincent

    Aurora Films
    +33 1 47 70 43 01

  • Production Company

    Aurora Films

    +33 1 47 70 43 01

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