Monday, April 7, 2014
5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Screening of Sleepless Nights, directed by Eliane Raheb (also researcher and executive producer)
Producer, Scriptwriter and Editor: Nizar Hassan
Countries of production: Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, UAE, France
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.
About the Director
Eliane Raheb was 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), 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.