A man lives alone in his apartment with nothing to do. While making a cup of coffee on the stove, he hears a solo oud playing nearby, and becomes captivated by its sound. He turns off the stove and starts following the oud sound, which leads him outside of his apartment, throughout the building, until he reaches the roof. There he finds pieces of chalk rock; he uses them to express his state of mind.
Since the first day I entered Lebanon, I feel restricted and suffocated, this feeling even follows everyone I know here. The theme of the film originated from chats with friends who share this feeling. I aimed to portray in the film, using desaturated colors and unsettling camera, this state of isolation that has followed us all. - Suleiman Al-Tinawi, Director's Note
Directed by Suleiman Al-Tinawi
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.
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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