Eliane Raheb / 95’ / 2016 / Líbano

Direction: Eliane Raheb
Production: Eliane Raheb, ITAR productions
Editing: Eliane Raheb
Cinematography: Jocelyne Abi Gebrayel
Sound: Ramzi Madi, Victor Bresse

Al Shambouk is one of the highest mountainous areas in Lebanon. It islocated in the Akkar heights, and is only a few kilometres away from Syria. It is the homeland of Haykal, a 60-something-year-old Christian farmer. In this geographical spot, where borders intersect, along with different religious factions and social classes, Haykal decided to settle down and build a farm and a restaurant. He is also building his own home.


On a daily basis, Haykal deals with the dust coming from the neighbouring quarries and the agricultural stagnation, in addition to the sectarian tensions and the repercussions of the Syrian crisis on the political and economic situation.


Simultaneously, Haykal feels that his role is more significant than ever: he must remain in his land, and sustain his own project. He has to actually defend coexistence in Lebanon with his own hands that are never too tired to work on the land that he loves.

ELIANE RAHEB is a director born in Lebanon. She has directed the 2 short films The Last Screening (1996) and Meeting (1997), and the medium length documentaries Karib Baiid (So Near Yet So Far, 2002), Intihar (Suicide, 2003) and Hayda Lubnan (This is Lebanon, 2008), which has received the Excellency Award at the Yamagata Film Festival, and was broadcasted on ARTE/ZDF, Al Jadeed and NHK.


Her first feature documentary, Sleepless Nights (2012) was screened in over 40 film festivals and won 5 awards. It was also ranked 5th in the Sight and Sound magazine’s classification for the best documentaries of 2013.
Eliane Raheb is the founder of ITAR Productions, a company that has produced several award winning documentaries and the web documentary project Al Arabi Al Hor.


Eliane Raheb is also a founding member of the Association for Cinema Beirut DC within which she has directed several documentary workshops and played the role of artistic director for its Arab Film Festival Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya (Beirut Cinema Days) during six editions.