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The One Man Village

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Overview

Genre
Portrait, Anthropology, Environment, Human Interest, and Society
Synopsis

Semaan is leading a quiet life on his farm in the small village of Ain al-Halazoun in the
Lebanese mountains. The hamlet was completely emptied and destroyed in combats during
the civil war in Lebanon between 1975 and 1990. Today, many years after an official
reconciliation, its inhabitants, who are all from one family, regularly go back to the village to
cultivate their plots of land or visit their houses and always leave before sunset.
In his comforting and humorous film Simon El Habre observes the life in his quasi ghost
village and tries to reflect on the collective and individual memory in a country that seems to
live in a collective amnesia and is vulnerable to a new civil war.

Stage
finished
Running time
86 minutes

Credits

  • Simon El Habre ... Director, Producer, Editor
  • Jad Abi Khalil ... Co-Producer
  • Irit Neidhardt ... Co-Producer
  • Bassem Fayad ... Director of Photography
  • Marc Karam ... Director of Photography
  • Chadi Roukoz ... Sound
  • Emil Aouad ... Sound design

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Beirut DC
Country
Lebanon
Years of Production
2008
Locations
Lebanon
Prod. Partners
Khalil Abu Mrad, Mec Film, Platform Studios, DIFF, EuroDoc

Distribution Details

Release year
2009
Festivals
Dubai IFF, Berlinale, HotDocs, Edinburgh, Fid Marseilles, Dok Fest Munich, Documenta Madrid, Expression en Corto...
Awards
Best International Feature Documentary (HotDocs), Special Jury Award (DIFF), Best Documentary (AMAL Film Festival)...
Distribution
Mec Film
Language
Arabic
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, Serbian

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