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Special Jury Prize Winner at DIFF!

Al Shambouk, a high peak located in Akkar, Lebanon, is the homeland of Haykal, a 60-year-old Christian Maronite farmer. In this complex geopolitical spot 6 miles from the Syrian border, Haykal decided to build a farm, and a restaurant. Each day, he deals with the dust from the neighboring quarries, agricultural stagnation, as well as the sectarian tensions and the political and economic repercussions of the Syrian crisis as he struggles to stay on his land amidst fear and hopelessness, listening to bomb blasts detonating in the distance amidst the striking beauty of Akkar: a region where the land, the valley, and the sea meet. And yet, Haykal feels he must remain in his land now more than ever, building his new home and defending coexistence in Lebanon with his own hands that are never too tired to work.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize (Documentary Feature) at the 2017 Dubai International Film Festival.

Director bio:

Eliane Raheb is a Lebanese director. She has directed two short films The Last Screening (1996) and Meeting (1997), and the medium-length documentaries Karib Baiid (2002), Suicide (2003), and This is Lebanon (2008) which received the Excellency Award at the Yamagata Film Festival, and was televised on ARTE/ZDF, Al Jadeed, and NHK. Her first feature documentary Sleepless Nights (2012) was screened in over 50 film festivals and received five awards.

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Directed by Eliane Raheb. 95 min. Digital. Lebanon. 2017.

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