Fall Grants 2019 - Development Stage
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In modern-day Beirut, single mother Rita juggles her work as an investigative journalist with that of caretaker to both her eight-year-old daughter and her elderly mother. A balance made possible only with the crucial help of Zofan—an Ethiopian helper, who has lived with them for several years. However, one day, while Rita is busy filming a report about illegal and corrupt quarries, Zofan mysteriously disappears without a trace. Rita becomes totally engulfed in this intriguing mystery. As she investigates Zofan’s disappearance, Rita’s life is thrown off balance, and she discovers the hidden side of her helper’s life with unexpected consequences on her own.
- Lucien Bourjeily
- Lucien Bourjeily
About the Director
Lucien Bourjeily is a Lebanese writer, director, and political activist who has sought refuge in storytelling from an early age. His work as a writer/director of both film and theatre awarded him the Fulbright Scholarship to earn his MFA in Filmmaking (2013) at the Loyola Marymount University in LA. He wrote/directed more than a dozen plays, two of them were banned in Lebanon, and another two premiered at the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). In 2014, he was nominated for the “Freedom of Expression” award in London by Index on Censorship. His debut feature film ‘Heaven Without People’ (2017) travelled to more than twenty-five film festivals worldwide and won six awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the Dubai International Film Festival.
Production Company Profile
BeirutCUT is an independent film production house, established to be the continuation of the experienced path of its founders who have been working as independent directors and producers on several short films such as ‘I Offered You Pleasure’, ‘Soukoon’, ‘Shakwa’, and one feature film ‘Heaven Without People’. These films participated in acclaimed film festivals such as Telluride Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, Busan, LA Film Festival, and Shanghai Film Festival among many others and won several awards such as the Jury Prize at Dubai Film Festival, Motion Picture Association of America Award among many others.