Director: Mira Shaib
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The film is supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany).
In Lebanon, thousands of bodies went missing in the civil war and many have not been found yet. The character of Hanna is just one of many, and her journey is snippets of reality that many still live. The story is about hope, optimism and remembrance.
Screened at a number of prestigious festivals across the world, including Berlin International Film Festival-Berlinale Talents
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2017/ Lebanon - Germany24 min/ Short, Drama
Original Title
Hanna, a 34 years old woman, comes back to Lebanon from Germany where she lived with an abusive husband for 12 years. She is back to be next to her dying mother. Hanna goes on a journey for all of the Lebanon calendar’s four seasons, to look for her twin brother Firas who got kidnapped in the Lebanese civil war. Her father fights her, no one helps her and the whole time she is fighting to overcome her depression. Devastated by the loss, Hanna continues her search after her mother passes away.
Wafa'a Celine Halawi
Faek Homaissi
Aida Sabra
Aliya Khalidi
Screenwriter: Mira Shaib
Sam Shaib
DOP: Anne Bolick
Editor: Natalie Hamade
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Production Company(ies)
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Fourth Wall Production-Jordan
Aya Nabulsi
film festivals
Aswan International Women Film Festival (AIWFF), Egypt
Lebanese Film Festival, Lebanon
Lebanese Film Festival (LFF), Australia
Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan
Beirut Women International Film Festival (BWFF), Lebanon
Arabian Film Festival Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Social Justice Film Festival, USA
Festival International de Cine de Talca, Chille
Berlin International Film Festival-Berlinale Talents, Germany
ANHAR, The Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals, Jordan