We follow similar events in the lives of unrelated characters. A painter with no inspiration, a
teacher not finding the right lesson, a young accordionist unable to play in her training, an
actor late for his stage rehearsal, and a doctor hesitant to help a sick neighbour. They’re all
stuck and unable to progress towards fulfilling their potentials, like the director of the film
itself, who at the editing room, feels something is still missing. The characters’ stories are
halted until the director finds the right move. On his way, he meets a group of boys bullying
a kid and he interferes to help him, an incident that will inspire him, as well as push the
film’s characters towards their dreams.
My attention is always drawn to observing how people behave, I follow the events of their
lives, fascinated by their resilience in front of life’s obstacles. During my training in filmmaking, I followed my colleagues, inspired by their passion and their pursuit to realize their dreams, they work for them without stopping, and today their dreams are underway. - Roqaia Farah, Director's Note
Directed by Roqaia Farah
Action for Hope (AFH) was founded in 2015 to provide cultural development and cultural relief programs that meet the cultural and social needs of marginalized and displaced communities in the Arab region. The selected films are part of the Action for Hope Film School, which was launched in March 2017, building on the video training workshops that were organized by Action for Hope in Lebanon since 2013, within the cultural relief convoys and also as standalone activities.
AFH believes in the role of Arts and Culture in empowering individuals and communities, particularly those in distress. We provide people with access to culture and tools for creative expression to enrich their lives, increase the cultural capital of communities around them, and enable their contribution to our shared humanity. AFH has a vision of a just and tolerant world, where communities risking social fragmentation because of war, displacement, or extreme poverty use creativity to face and surmount their difficult circumstances.
1. Integrate cultural activities into communities that undergo displacement or marginalization, and enable the members of such communities to practice their cultural rights
2. Provide artistically talented people living in marginalized communities with the skills needed to document their stories, express themselves creatively, and work professionally in the arts
3. Contribute to the diversity of cultural life in the countries where Action for Hope is present through presenting the work of artists from marginalized communities
4. Contribute to the preservation and revival of the cultural heritage of displaced or marginalized communities by supporting its study and practice
5. Lead and stimulate discussions among civil society actors to promote cross-sector collaboration, and advocate the role the Arts can play in addressing social challenges
The film was available to watch for free during Refugee Week. We thank Action For Hope for generously making their important work available.
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