About the film

Through the stories of Assaad Shaftari, a former high ranking intelligence officer in a Christian right wing militia, responsible for many casualties in the protracted civil war in Lebanon and Maryam Saiidi, the mother of Maher, a missing young communist fighter who disappeared in 1982, the film digs in the war wounds and asks if redemption and forgiveness are possible.

Layali Bala Noom, A Film About WAR,
MEMORY & HOPE

Eliane Raheb

Trailer

Sleepless are the nights of Assaad Shaftari, a former high-ranking intelligence officer in the Lebanese Forces militia, who feels guilt for his bloody acts during the civil war and the nights of Maryam Saiidi, who's still searching for her son Maher, a young communist fighter who disappeared in 1982. While each of them is looking for salvation, the film asks if redemption and forgiveness are possible in a community that seems unable to heal itself.

Festivals

Premiered in the 60th edition of the San Sebastian film festival, New Directors competition
Dubai International film festival, Arab Documentary competition
Official selection at the True-False film festival, USA
Hamptons film festival, competition, USA
Official selection at the San Paolo film festival, Brazil, and in RIDM Montreal

Awards

Winner of the Best Documentary Award in the Birds Eye View festival, London
Winner of the Critics’ choice for best film at the Ismailia film festival, Egypt
Best Feature at the LAIFF festival, Argentina
Human rights award at Cine invisible festival, Bilbao

production credits

Produced by ITAR productions

Co-produced by: Al Jazeera

Production Partners

With the Participation of

About the Director

 

 

 

Eliane Raheb is born in Lebanon and is the director of 2 short films: The last screening and Meeting, and of the documentaries : Karib Baiid (So near yet so far), Intihar (Suicide) and Hayda Lubnan (“This is Lebanon”) which received the Excellency Award at the Yamagata film festival, and was broadcasted on ARTE/ZDF/ Al Jadeed and NHK.
Layali Bala Noom (Sleepless nights) is her first feature documentary.


With Nizar Hassan, she founded ITAR productions, and the cross media documentary Arabi Hor (Free Arabs) www.arabihor.com , a project on the dailies of people within the Arab revolutions, that produced 160 short documentaries aired online.

She is also one of the founders of the cultural cooperative for cinema Beirut DC , where she was the artistic director of “Ayam Beirut al Cinem’iya” film festival for 6 editions.

About the Producer

 

 

 

 

Nizar Hassan is a Palestinian filmmaker; He is the director and the producer of more than 15 documentaries of which : Isteqlal (Independance), 1994, Yasmine (1996), Ustura (Mythology, 1998), Cut (2000), Tahaddi (Challenge, 2001), Ejteyah (Invasion), 2003, Karm Abu Khalil (Abu Khalil Grove), 2005, Janoub (South), 2008

His films have been awarded in several festivals and have been aired on ARTE, ZDF, SVT, YLE, AL JAZEERA documentary.

 

With the support of

 





Photo Gallery

 


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Abu Jaafar

An ex-fighter in Amal movement

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Assaad Shaftari and the crew- Searching for Maher

Searching for Maher

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Assaad Shaftari

- Participating in "Clown me in" workshop

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Assaad Shaftari

- Participating in "Clown me in" workshop

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Assaad Shaftari

- in Kadri Hotel, Zahle

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Assaad Shaftari

- in the "Missing" exhibition- organized by UMAM

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Assaad Shaftari

 

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The director Eliane Raheb with Assaad Shaftari and Maryam Saiidi

 

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Eliane Raheb and Assaad Shaftari

- Listening to his confessions

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A view on Beirut from the sea

 

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Fouad Nassif

An ex-fighter in the Lebanese Forces militia

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Mary Shaftari and Nariman

singing in the Vine Yard in Zahle

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Assaad Shaftari and Maryam Saiidi

In the Lebanese University-Faculty of sciences

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Maryam Saiidi and Maher Kassir

 

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Raiif Nassif

- haunting rabbits in the Bekaa valley

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Jaafar and his companion

-haunting birds in the Bekaa Valley

Contacts Us

info@itarproductions.com
PO Box 116-5118, Beirut, Lebanon