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Seven Mountains and Seven Seas

Spring Grants 2022 - Production Stage

Noel Keserwany / Short Narrative / France, Lebanon, Qatar / 13 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Animation, Women, Environmental, History, Adaptation, Immigration, Psychological, Identity, Tradition, Cinepoetry


Tamar, an old man, lies sick in bed in his neat European apartment. He struggles to liberate himself from dark thoughts caused by memories of traumatic events he endured in his home town Kfeir, an isolated small village in south Lebanon. The remorse he feels from having left his country haunts him, until the appearance of a big green bird. ‘Seven Mountains and Seven Seas’ is based on and inspired by writer Emily Nasrallah’s literature.


Noel Keserwany, Gaia Alari
Noel Keserwany based on an unpublished novel by Emily Nasrallah
Marine Vaillant in Collaboration with Beit Touyour Ayloul Foundation - Maha Nasrallah and Nour Kays
Production Company
Dewberries Films

About the Director

Noel Keserwany is a multidisciplinary Lebanese artist and director. Growing up in Lebanon in the midst of socio-political turmoil, she developed her vocal criticism of the situation by using various storytelling methods: songwriting, animation, film and music. She and her sister Michelle have been creating socio-political music videos for ten years now, tackling daily life struggles in their home country. In 2020, the French Institute selected Noel for an art residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris to work on the feature documentary 'Slow Burn' that she is writing and directing alongside her sister Michelle. Along with her sister, Noel co-directed her first short fiction film that will be shown at the Biennale de Lyon in September 2022. Noel is currently working on 'Seven Mountains and Seven Seas', a short animated film based on a story by the Lebanese writer Emily Nasrallah.


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    Marine Vaillant

    Special Touch Studios

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