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Merva Faddoul / Short Narrative / Lebanon, Qatar / 2011 / 24 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Comedy, Drama, Religion, Youth


Sarah, a teenager, lives with Marta – her grandmother – and her younger sister in Byblos. The family is stigmatised by the community because Sarah’s mother has left, and life is turned upside down when a Virgin Mary in Marta’s shrine starts leaking oil. It’s a miracle. Marta becomes the centre of attention in town, while Sarah’s skepticism strains an already fragile relationship. ‘Grandma’ is a universal story about faith, family and true miracles that change hearts and minds.


Merva Faddoul
Merva Faddoul
Jad Moussa, Alicia Fahad

About the Director

Merva Faddoul grew up in Byblos, with four siblings and a wild imagination. She has a BA in communications from the Lebanese American University and an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. Her documentary ‘T for Middle Eastern’ (2007) played at several international festivals, including the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, the Annual Arab Film Festival in San Francisco and Human Rights Nights in Bologna. Her fiction script ‘Teta’ (2011) won National Geographic’s All Roads Seed Grant. She is currently in development on several feature projects including ‘Lebanese Beauty’ and ‘Hummus Wars’.

Awards and Festival History


Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2011, in Official Selection Arab Shorts Competition (Qatar)
Oran International Arab Film Festival 2011, in Official Selection (Alegeria)
Cannes Short Film Corner 2012, Registered (France)
Alwan's Short Video Slam (NY) 2012,


Received Best Actress Award, at Baghdad International Film Festival 2012 (Qatar)


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