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The Fair Light of Dawn

Spring Grant 2011 - Production Stage

Hisham Bizri / Feature Narrative / Lebanon, United States of America, Qatar / 99 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Drama, Social Issues, Musical, Family


‘The Fair Light of Dawn’ offers a kaleidoscopic view of the lives of several citizens in Beirut over the course of a single day. A well-to-do couple struggles with the memory of their young son’s tragic death; a disaffected photo-essayist tries to find a way to make a life for himself and his fiancée; a mechanic pawns his wife’s jewellery so he can place a risky bet at the racetrack. The film portrays resilient, essentially good people striving to make the best possible lives for themselves while moving in confined circles amid the strife and trauma of their daily existence. A tale of struggle, recovery and rebirth.


Hisham Bizri
Hisham Bizri
Hisham Bizri, Christine Walker

About the Director

Hisham Bizri was born in Beirut. He began his career as a stage actor and director at college while studying physics and mathematics. He started his career in film working under Raúl Ruiz and James Shamus in New York City, and Miklós Jancsó in Budapest. Hisham has directed 15 short films and won numerous awards, including the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and American Academy Rome Prize. In 2004, he co-founded the Arab Institute of Film with the Danish Film Institute. He is currently Professor of Film at the University of Minnesota.


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    Christine Walker

    Member of Producers Network 2013
    1 612 867 6628

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