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Manara

Director: Zayn Alexander
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Ranked among the Top Ten Arab Short Films of 2019 by Raseef22.
Screened at several key international film festivals.
Received the Laguna Sud Award for Best Short Film at the Laguna Sud, Il Cinema Fuori dal Palazzo in Italy.
Examines family ties as opposed to obsession with appearances in Lebanon.
The entire action is unfolding around a lighthouse, which is used metaphorically.
Highlights the stigmatization of mental illnesses in the Arab world.
Another scripting-acting collaboration between Zayn Alexander and Pascale Seigneurie after the short ABROAD (2018).
Helmed by an internationally recognized director.
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2019/ Lebanon15 min/ Short, Drama
Original Title
Manara
SYNOPSIS
Tragedy strikes when the Zayyad family loses its patriarch under mysterious circumstances, leaving the surviving members to fend for themselves within a judgmental community in Southern Lebanon.
CAST
Hala Basma Safieddine
Zayn Alexander
Pascale Seigneurie
CREW
Screenwriter: Pascale Seigneurie
DOP: Aron Meinhardt
Editor: Stephanie Nassar
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Production Company(ies)
ZMA Entertainment LLC
Producer(s)
Zayn Alexander
film festivals
Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Tunisia
Venice International Film Festival, Italy
ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival, France
Laguna Sud, Il Cinema Fuori dal Palazzo, Italy
Alexandria Short Film Festival, Egypt
film awards
Laguna Sud Award for Best Short Film at the Laguna Sud, Il Cinema Fuori dal Palazzo, Italy
Silver Hypatia Award for Best Narrative Short Film at the Alexandria Short Film Festival, Egypt
Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking at the ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival, France
Quotes
“Alexander does a wonderful job of examining a culture struggling with an increasing mental health crisis.” Lorna Codrai – Film Inquiry

““Manara” is a perfect example of how to carefully construct a short film narrative and Alexander along with writer Pascale Seigneurie manage to weave together a story which feels so real and genuine that we forget we are watching a film.” Bianca Garner - In Their Own League