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Zyara - Season Five

Spring Grants 2020 - Production Stage

Muriel Aboulrouss / Web Series / Lebanon, Qatar / 60 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Creative Documentary


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 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’.


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    Denise Jabbour

    Home of Cine-Jam

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