zeinab on the red scooter

Dima El-Horr | 2019
TITLE Zeinab ‘al moto
COUNTRY Lebanon
YEAR 2019
DIRECTOR Dima El-Horr
LENGHT 1h 21′ 00″
FORMAT Digital
EDITING Catherine Zins
CINEMATOGRAPHY Dima El-Horr
PRODUCTION Aum Films

Zeinab, 26, a Muslim Shi’a veiled woman, works on the field as a representative of an association that grants micro-credits to individuals in the poor neighborhoods of the southern suburbs of Beirut, a stronghold of the Shi’a community in Lebanon.

For over a year, I followed Zeinab in her professional, family and loving life, with a main question in mind: How to be in Lebanon today, a Muslim Shi’a veiled young woman who stubbornly seeks her individuality in a deeply patriarchal and communitarian society.

Between traditions and modernity, religious beliefs and freedom of thoughts, between emancipation and submissiveness that Zeinab, skillfully plays with social and religious codes and demonstrates all her singularity and her contradictions.

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DIRECTOR

Dima El-Horr

Lebanese, Dima El-Horr has directed a feature film Everyday is a Holiday and various shorts and videos. Her work have been shown in Toronto Film Festival (TIFF), New Directors/New Films NY, Rotterdam Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, CPH PIX, Clermont-Ferrand Film festival, Cinemed in Montpellier  (Grand Prize Award), Ann Arbor Film Festival (Jury Prize), Tangier Film Festival (Best Short), Carthage film festival (Special mention)….etc.

She holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies (Paris XII) and a MFA in filmmaking (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago).  She is the author of Mélancolie Libanaise, le cinema après la guerre civile (l’Harmattan, 2016).  During several years, she was part-time faculty at the Lebanese American University.

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