Fall Grants 2019 - Production Stage
My hometown, Beirut, is torn apart by a corrupt political elite, anti-government protests, and one of the biggest explosions of the 21st century. But above the city’s roofs, I discovered an unexpected bearer of hope—the pigeon game of chance “Kash Hamam”.
Every evening, in the golden sun above the labyrinth streets, the sky populates, and all over the city, swarms fly out of their cages. Their flight follows the choreography of an ancient tradition. Each player releases their own flock and lets it circle above their house in the hope of luring a neighbour’s pigeons onto their roof to catch and add to their flock. Then there is “Kash”.
During the dystopian times of the recent political collapse of Lebanon, we embark on a journey from roof to roof. When it all perishes, why do we hold on to flying? The film observes a city in turmoil from the perspective of three pigeon players and a young girl fighting to release her own birds.
About the Director
Lea Najjar was born in Vienna in 1994 and grew up in Beirut. She graduated from the City International School in Beirut and received her Freshman at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2013. She has been studying documentary directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg since 2014, creating several short films that have premiered in numerous international festivals. Currently, she is in the production of her Diploma film, ‘Kashkash’ documentary feature film funded by the SWR Young Documentary and the Doha Film Institute.
- FFL Film & Fernseh-Labor Ludwigsburg GmbH & Co. KG