VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

SEMAAN BIL DAY'IA

V' 09

SEMAAN BIL DAY'IA

ONE MAN VILLAGE, THE

Simon El Habre
Libanon, 2008
Documentaries, 86min, OmeU

SEMAAN BIL DAY'IA

Simon El Habre
Libanon, 2008
Documentaries, 86min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Simon El Habre
Sound: 
Chadi Roukoz
Camera: 
Bassem Fayad
Marc Karam
Editor: 
Simon El Habre

Production: 
Beirut DC, mec film
World Sales: 
mec film Gabriel-Max-Straße 16 10245 Berlin, Deutschland T +49 30 667 667 00 info@mecfilm.de
Format: 
HD
Color

In 1983, in the region of Mount Lebanon, an hour's drive from the capital Beirut, there was merciless fighting between Christian and Druze militias that ended in reprisals against civilians in the form of massacres and displacement. The Christian inhabitants of Mount Lebanon had to seek refuge in Beirut. Entire villages, including Aïn al-Halazoun, were evacuated and destroyed. Reconciliation was officially declared in 1994 and Christians were allowed to return to their villages. Thirteen years later, Aïn al-Halazoun is still a ghost town. Its inhabitants decided to stay in Beirut in spite of the difficult living conditions there. They regularly go back to the village to cultivate their plots of land or visit their houses and always leave before sunset. Only one man decided to return to Aïn al-Halazoun for good: Semaan El Habre.