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.
the mother of Maher
Documentary, HD, 2h08', 2012
Director: Eliane Raheb
Producer: Nizar Hassan
officer in a Christian right wing militia
Director of photography: Meyar Al Roumi and Jocelyne Abi Gebrayel
Sound design: Dider Cattin
Script and Editing: Nizar Hassan
Idea, Research and Executive production: Eliane Raheb
Layali Bala Noom, A Film About WAR,
MEMORY & HOPE
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.
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
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
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.
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.