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Jihane Chouaib / Feature Narrative / Lebanon, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Qatar / 2015 / 100 min / Colour / Original Language: French / Interests: Women, Coming of age, Drama, Middle Eastern, Youth, Female Director, Family, Friendship, Identity


Nada is going home. Or at least she wants to. When she returns to Lebanon, she realises she’s a foreigner in her own country. But there’s still a place she calls home: a house that stands in ruins, abandoned and haunted by the presence of her grandfather, who mysteriously disappeared during the civil war. Something terrible happened in this house. Something violent. A crime…


Jihane Chouaib
Jihane Chouaib
Nathalie Trafford
Production Company
Dschoint Ventschr, Eklektik Production, Né à Beyrouth
Production Company
Paraíso Production Diffusion

About the Director

Jihane Chouaib was born in Beirut just before the Lebanese Civil War, and spent her childhood in Mexico. She studied Philosophy and Theatre in France. Chouaib has directed five short films, including the critically acclaimed 'From Under My Bed' (2005), which was presented at the Semaine de la critique at the Festival de Cannes. In 2012, her feature documentary 'Dream Country' was released in France. It was hailed in the press as “intensely emotional”, “a beautiful and sensitive film with universal testimonies about exile” and “a poetic manifesto”.

Awards and Festival History


Busan IFF 2015 (WP)
Transilvania IFF 2015, Focus: Lebanon
DIFF 2015
FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2016, CineVision Competition
Edinburgh IFF 2016
Fameck FF 2017


  • Director

    Jihane Chouaib

    Paraíso Production
    +33 143 159 191

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