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The Sea Ahead

Spring Grants 2018

Ely Dagher / Feature Narrative / Lebanon, France, Belgium, United States of America, Qatar / 2021 / 110 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Identity, Psychological Drama


A young woman walks out of the Beirut airport alone and makes her way back home to her parents’ house in the middle of the night. Having been abroad and out of touch for a while, Jana seems to be leaving a bad experience behind and taking refuge. Haunting pressures to fit back into the family dynamics as well as revealing details of her life abroad weigh heavy on her. Feeling cornered, her fears and anxieties resurface, leading her to reconnect and find solace in another part of her Beirut life that she had forsaken. A life that is for her as familiar and foreign now as it ever was.


Ely Dagher
Ely Dagher
Arnaud Dommerc
Production Company
Andolfi Production

About the Director

Ely Dagher is an artist and filmmaker born and raised in Lebanon. He graduated with an MA in New Media and Contemporary Art Studies from Goldsmiths College in London. His work explores the correlation and possibilities created through the play between cultures, histories and fiction. In 2015, his film 'Waves '98' was awarded the short film Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Awards and Festival History


WP La Quinzaine, Cannes 2021


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    Arnaud Dommerc

    Andolfi Production

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