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Spring Grant 2011 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Shirin Abu Shaqra / Feature Narrative / Lebanon, France, Qatar / 90 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Animation, Thriller, History, Fantasy


Inside a crumbling old house, Omar spends his days terrified of the outside, while Reem is passing through and needs to remain invisible. Omar is writing about Ahmad Faris Al-Shidyaq, a 19th-century Arab intellectual. A linguist, translator, newspaper editor and cynical chronicler of his time, Al-Shidyaq was also an amateur musician enamoured of women. Reem interferes in Omar’s world of imagination; in the midst of this uncanny atmosphere, a puppet that has developed a life of its own joins them.


Shirin Abu Shaqra
Shirin Abu Shaqra
Georges Schoucair, Myriam Sassine

About the Director

Shirin Abu Shaqra was born in Doha in 1978 to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. She graduated in 2010 with an MFA in Contemporary Arts from the Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts in France. To date, she has made four films, including the poetic essay ‘Hold on, My Glamorous’, which won the best film award at the Lebanese Film Festival in 2009, and two short animation films: ‘Walking Distance’ (2008); and ‘Conversations with Change’ (2010). She is currently working on her first feature film. She lives in Paris and Beirut.

Production Company Profile

Abbout Productions produces feature films and documentaries with a distinctly Arab voice, expressing the identity of the region. Since 1998, the company has managed to bring together an important network of Arab and Lebanese artists, and produced award-winning films such as Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s ‘A Perfect Day’ (2005), ‘I Want to See’ (2008), and ‘The Lebanese Rocket Society’ (2012); Ghassan Salhab’s ‘The Last Man’ (2006) and ‘The Valley’ (2014); Georges Hashem’s ‘Stray Bullet’ (2010); Hany Tamba’s ‘Melodrama Habibi’ (2007); Mohamad Malas’s ‘Ladder to Damascus’ (2013); Vatche Boulghourjian’s ‘Tramontane’ (2016); Rana Eid's ‘Panoptic’ (2017); Mohamed Siam’s ‘Amal’ (2017); and Badih Massaad and Antoine Waked’s ‘A Certain Nasser’ (2017). Abbout Productions has a strong partnership with MC Distribution, a company dedicated to promoting new films from the Middle East along with direct and priority access to the sole art-house theatre in Lebanon, Metropolis Cinema. The company’s main objective remains to help structure Lebanese and Arab cinema craft into a solid industry.


  • Main Contact

    Myriam Sassine

    Abbout Productions

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