France, Iraq, Lebanon | 2019 | DCP | Color | 87 min | Abbas Fahdel
FRIDAY 2 | CINEMEX INSURGENTES SALA 5 | 15:00 HRS. | 87 MIN
SUNDAY 4 | FILMIN LATINO | 24 HRS. | 87 MIN
Director: Abbas Fahdel
Producer: Abbas Fahdel
Cinematography: Abbas Fahdel
Editing: Abbas Fahdel
Sound: Emmanuel Zouki, Abbas Fahdel, Nour Ballouk
Production Companies: Stalker Production
Since 2011, Syrian refugees have settled everywhere in Lebanon. Most of them live in rented accommodation. Around one fifth (18%) live in tent camps, mostly located in border areas.
Abbas Fahdel was born in Babylon, Iraq. He received a Ph. D in cinema from the Sorbonne University. Back to Babylon (2002) filmed in Iraq documents the country’s dramatic situation on the background of an introspective investigation. His second documentary film, We Iraqis, recounts the historical moment in 2003 of a country shaken by violence, the nightmare of dictatorship replaced by the chaos of the American occupation. In 2008, he directed his first feature film, Dawn of the World, a war-drama on the multiple impacts of the Gulf Wars and the damages to the geographic location known as the biblical Garden of Eden. In 2015, his monumental documentary, “Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)” won the Sesterce d’Or at Visions du Réel, the Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno, and other awards. His second feature film Yara (2018), filmed in Lebanon, was selected for competition in Locarno, Mar del Plata, Gijon and the AFI FEST. Bitter Bread (2019), a documentary on everyday life in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon premiered at the New York Film Festival and has screened in 8 other festivals since.
New York Film Festival –Official Selection– 2019, USA
Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata, 2019, Argentina