Spring Grants 2021 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION
For many years now, Lebanon has been crumbling under the burden of corruption and a past it has not faced. Nevertheless, on several occasions, change was still possible. In 2018, Fifty-year-old Joumana ran as an independent candidate against the ex-warlords turned politicians. She was quickly ousted through electoral fraud. Twenty-eight-year-old Perla Joe raised her voice against the status quo and the corruption, which led her to become a main figure of the revolution in 2019. In parallel to these two women, Georges, is an octogenarian who fought during the Civil War. Stubborn, he remains like many of his generation, attached to a fantasized past. While Georges criticizes the current state of the country but doesn’t really want fundamental change, Joumana and Perla Joe cling on to hope in a nation devastated by a fierce economic crisis, a pandemic and one of the biggest explosions of the century.
- Myriam El Hajj
- Myriam El Hajj
- Myriam Sassine
About the Director
Myriam el Hajj is a Lebanese filmmaker and actress. Her first documentary film, 'Trêve (A Time to Rest)', premiered at Visions du Réel – Nyon then screened in many international festivals, winning several awards including the Prix Découverte de la SCAM. She is currently directing a play, 'Thurrayya', in the framework of Sundance Theatre Lab. She teaches filmmaking and directing actors at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (Alba) and is a reader at several film commissions at the French National Cinema Center (CNC) and other institutions.
Production Company Profile
Abbout Productions produces feature films and documentaries with a distinctly Arab voice, expressing the identity of the region. Since 1998, the company has managed to bring together an important network of Arab and Lebanese filmmakers and artists and produced award-winning films. Abbout Productions has enabled emerging talents to work with leading industry figures, often collaborates with international partners and receives support from international institutions. It has established close working relationships with leading sales agents and film distributors in Europe and has a strong partnership with MC Distribution, a distribution company dedicated to distributing independent films in the Middle East and North Africa, along with priority access to the sole art house theater in Lebanon, Metropolis Cinema. Abbout is one of the most ambitious production companies in the Middle East. Its main objective remains to help structure the Lebanese and Arab cinema craft into a solid industry.