Zyara - Season Five
Spring Grants 2020 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
An award-winning web series created by Muriel Aboulrouss and Denise Jabbour, produced by Home of Cine-Jam—‘Zyara’ is an Arabic word that means “visit” or “encounter”. In this series of poeticized portraits featuring authentic emotional stories of resilience from people living in Lebanon, ‘Zyara’ highlights people who transcended their greatest challenges in life and kept moving forward with faith and positivity. We believe that we are here on a visit and we don’t know how short it is. We believe that we need to learn from each other, respect one another and focus on what brings us together, as our tagline says— “Life is a beautiful Zyara”.
- Muriel Aboulrouss
- Denise Jabbour
About the Director
Muriel Aboulrouss, an award-winning cinematographer from Beirut Lebanon, is the first woman to work as a cinematographer in the Arab World. Her numerous cinematography credits include the award-winning documentaries ’The Oil Spill’, ‘Lesson in History’, ‘Marcedes’ and ‘Ya Omri’ all by Hady Zaccak. She won the Best Cinematography award at the Arab Screen International Awards for ‘The Shower’, a short film by Michel Kamoun, with whom she also shot his first feature film ‘Falafel’ (Best Film at Namur film festival 2006). She shot another Lebanese feature film ‘Stray Bullet’. Recently she has contributed to the biographical documentary of Mahmoud Kaabour featuring his grandmother ‘Teta Alf Marra’. ‘Stray Bullet’ won Best Cinematography at Namur Film Festival and Best Arab Film at Dubai film festival (2010) while ‘Teta Alf Marra’ snatched the audience award for best documentary at Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Docs Box Damascus festival (2010-2011) and in London international film festival. Muriel is also the cinematographer for ‘Shankaboot’, the first Arab web series produced by the BBC trust fund and Batouta films, ‘Shankaboot’ won Reflet d’Or for best web series fiction at Geneva film festival in 2010 and again won the digital Emmy award in 2011.
Production Company Profile
Home of Cine-Jam is an association for humanitarian arts. Their main objective is to inspire and induce social and emotional healing through authentic short films or series.