Fall Grants 2019 - Production Stage
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In a region torn apart by tradition, modernity, war, geopolitical spheres of influence, migration, and religion, I have discovered an unusual link—the old traditional Kash Hamam game of the Levant. As a pastime, vocation, heritage or addiction, the game spans a unique apolitical network from Syria to Lebanon, connecting people of all religions and political views. Kash Hamam is a game of chance played with pigeons over the rooftops of cities. Each player holds his own flock of birds on the roof and lets his pigeons circle above his house, hoping to lure his neighbour’s pigeons to his roof and thus to enlarge his own flock. The fate of the pigeons is to be gambled from one player to the next. So, the film embarks on a journey through Lebanon, from roof-to-roof we dive into the realities of the luck hunters and their contrasting parallel worlds. Starting with being smuggled from war to safe land, being collected, gambled and tortured but, despite all, loved and admired for being the extension of our freedom which we do not possess on the ground. The doves act as narrative links, lead us to different places and connect our protagonists—a documentary portrait of a region in search of the common denominator in a society defined by differences.
- Lea Najjar
- Lea Najjar, Alia Haju
- Matthias Drescher, Max Brunner, Estella Suplit
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.
Production Company Profile
The Film und Fernseh-Labor (FFL) is a production company from Ludwigsburg, Germany, which has been realizing various projects for cinema, TV or online for more than ten years. We are active in fiction, documentaries and advertising. In the past, we have worked with numerous representatives of the broadcasting industry in Germany and produced award-winning films from the critically acclaimed social drama ‘Shifting the Blame’, comedies like ‘Schmidt’s Nine Lives’ or ‘Help, My Mother is having my Baby’ to the Emmy-winning documentary co-production ‘War of Lies’. We are currently working on the documentary ‘Kashkash’ which is being produced in Lebanon.
- FFL Film & Fernseh-Labor Ludwigsburg GmbH & Co. KG
FFL (FFL Film- & Fernseh-Labor Ludwigsburg GmbH & Co. KG)
- FFL (FFL Film- & Fernseh-Labor Ludwigsburg GmbH & Co. KG)