In this Land Lay Graves of Mine
Fall Grant 2012 - Production/Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
In 2009, I sold my land in my village in South Lebanon to a Muslim, stirring a sectarian discourse around myself and laying bare the territorial war over the land’s identity, where today’s stories of demographic fear between Shiite and Sunni Muslims and Christians, are mixed with stories from the civil war, when people were killed according to their identity. In this film, I combine elements of my individual memory and my country’s history. And, in parallel with the geographical journey, I transform my apartment into an exhibition space with photos and maps on my walls, a video projection, an audio installation and readings from history books.
- Reine Mitri
- Reine Mitri
- Michèle Tyan
About the Director
Reine Mitri is a writer, director and producer. The primary theme of her films is personal and collective memory. Always interweaving the intimate and the public, she delves into the reasons for personal and collective malaise. Over the past 15 years, she documented the changes in Beirut in particular and Lebanon in general, challenging the official endeavours to obliterate the country’s memory. Since 2001, she has made six films including ‘In This Land Lay Graves of Mine’ which documents forced displacements during the Lebanese civil war and the country’s present-day divisions.
Production Company Profile
When DJINN House was founded in 1995, it was one of few production companies that emerged in post-war Lebanon, and it quickly became a reference for the local film industry, producing feature and short films, documentaries, music videos and commercials. In 2000, DJINN House specialized in post-production while maintaining a production activity. Djinn House Works closely with independent filmmakers in order to make quality films while respecting the identity of each project. Its credits include titles as « Embers » by Tamara Stepanyan, “Vulnerable” by Reine Mitri, “L’avocat de la terreur” by Barbet Shroeder (Line Producer, Lebanon part), “The last man” by Ghassan Salhab, “Civilized” by Randa Chahal, “Beirut – Algiers” by Merzak Alwache, “Le bal du triomphe de l’amour” by Milka Assaf, “Autour de la maison rose” by Joanna Hadjitomas & Khalil Joreije.
Awards and Festival History
Dubai International Film Festival 2014, Arabian Nights (UAE)