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Fall Grants 2018

Muriel Aboulrouss / Web Series / Lebanon, Qatar / 2015 / 15 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Social Issues, Identity


‘Zyara’ presents an innovative and deeply personal approach to storytelling. It offers an insight into the testimonies of individuals who have experienced and overcome a wide range of social challenges. The programme has a unique role to play in promoting social cohesion, underlining the qualities which people have in common, rather than those which set them apart. The aim of this documentary series is to promote oneness, tolerance and acceptance by visiting people, meeting them in their personal environment, talking to them heart to heart, listening to their most cherished stories, the memories that marked them the most, feeling their deepest emotions, sharing their dreams and their vision of life. Although each one of us is different, although each one is unique, our stories, feelings and emotions are similar, and they make us one in the end.


Muriel Aboulrouss
Denise Jabbour, Muriel Aboulrouss
Denise Jabbour
Production Company
Home of Cine-Jam
Production Company
House of Cine-Jam

About the Director

Muriel Aboulrouss started her career in 1997 as a cinematographer; she shot commercials, shorts, features, and series. She is known to be the first Arab female cinematographer, and she went on winning awards internationally for many of her works. Since 2012, Muriel has chosen to retire as a cinematographer, wondering what life has in store for her and how her passion and talent can be of service beyond finances and social status. She created the intuitive film lab programme Cine-Jam in 2012, which explores the audiovisual tools, intuitively, as a free artistic expression, aiming to empower and inspire emerging audiovisual artists to have the courage to experiment and create the Art that reflects their uniqueness. In 2014, she created with Denise Jabbour, the award-winning series ‘Zyara’.


  • Main Contact

    Denise Jabbour

    Home of Cine-Jam

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