NYC에 살고 있는 24 세의 레바논 예술가인 라라는 아버지의 장례식을 위해 베이루트로 돌아갑니다. 그녀의 우아한 강한 의지의 어머니 모나는 베이루트의 사회적 관습과 슬픔의 전통적인 방법에 따라 라라가 행동하도록 강요합니다.
Lara, a 24 year old Lebanese artist living in NYC, returns home to Beirut for her father’s funeral. Her elegant strong-willed mother, Mona, pushes for Lara to behave in accordance with the social mores of Beirut and the traditional ways of grieving. Lara, in mourning and in need of her family, yields. Her Jewish American fiancee, Noah, shows up to support her - but is surprised to discover that Lara has never told her family about him. Lara can’t bring herself to risk losing her family but eventually must find a way to be true to herself.
When one moves from a country like Lebanon to the vastness of New York city, they are bound to go through a relentless process of change. Lebanon is small, 4,036 mi2, and the culture is built on the premise of family lineage, and upholding the reputation of the family. Life is intertwined in far reaching ways, where uncles and aunts are the equivalent of second and third mothers and fathers, neighbors are closer than family, and everyone’s life choices are subject to the community they exist in. Tradition and societal norms are strong forces that drive the way people interact with each other, and ultimately with themselves.
*Official Selection 2018 TimiShorts Film Festival (ROMANIA)
*Official Selection 2018 Lebanese Film Festival (BEIRUT)
*Winner Jury's Choice Award Baalbeck International Film Festival (BAALBECK)
*10th International Inter University Short Film Festival (BANGLADESH)
*Winner Silver Sand Award 2018 Best of Shorts festival (LA CIOTAT- FRANCE)
*Official Selection 2018 Guanajuato International Film Festival (MEXICO)
*Official Selection 2018 San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (SAN FRANCISCO)
*Official Selection 2018 Lebanese International Film Festival (BEIRUT)
*Official Selection 2018 Cinetopia Film Festival (DETROIT)
*Winner Professionals’ Award 2018 International Changing Perspectives Film Festival (ISTANBUL)
*Winner Student Jury Panorama du Cinema du Maghreb et du Moyen Orient PCMMO (FRANCE)
*Winner Special Jury Mention* Beirut International Women Film Festival (LEBANON)
*Official Selection 2018 New Renaissance Film Festival (AMSTERDAM)
*Official Selection 2018 Mecal Pro International Short Film Festival (BARCELONA)
*Official Selection 2018 Silk Road Film Festival (DUBLIN)
*Official Selection 2018 Panorama Cinémas Maghreb Moyen-Orient (FRANCE)
*Official Selection 2018 Winter Film Awards * (NYC)
*Winner Grand Prize best international short 2017 Short Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro* (BRAZIL)
Winner Best Fiction Film 2017 Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival (EGYPT)
*Winner Best International Short Film at 2017 Milan International Film Festival* (ITALY)
*Winner Audience Choice award at 2017 Nitehawk Shorts Festival (New York)
*Winner Best of Fest 2017 New Renaissance Film Festival* (LONDON)
*Official Selection 2017 BFI London Film Festival* (UK)
*Winner best short film screenplay 2017 Brasov International Film Festival* (ROMANIA)
*International competition* 2017 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (FRANCE)
Winner Special mention of the jury 2017 Festival de Courts Métrages de la Côte Bleue (FRANCE)
*Opening film at 2017 Tripoli International Film Festival* (LEBANON)
*Official Selection at 2017 Lebanese Film Festival of Canada (MONTREAL)
*Official Selection of 2017 Gibara International Film Festival* (CUBA)
*Official Selection 2017 Auckland International Film Festival* (NEW ZEALAND)
*Official Selection 2017 Cyprus International Film Festival (CYPRUS)
*Official Selection 2017 Lebanese Film Festival* (AUSTRALIA)
*Official Selection 2017 Films Femmes Mediterannee (FRANCE)
*Official Selection 2017 Rotterdam Arab Film Festival (HOLLAND)
*Official Selection 2017 Pictoclik WOMEN IN CINEMA (SAN FRANCISCO)
*Official Selection 2017 Switzerland International Film Festival (SWITZERLAND)
*La Nuit du Court métrage by Base-Court (SWITZERLAND)
*Special Program: Lebanon Now 2017 Uppsala International Short Film Festival (SWEDEN)
*Lisbon International Film Festival (PORTUGAL)
*Official Selection 2017 Broadway Film Festival (NYC)
Bdeir는 그녀의 부모님이 레바논 내전을 피해 여행했던 캐나다에서 태어났습니다. 이후 Bdeir 부모님과 함께 베이루트로 다시 이사했고, 그곳에서 그녀는 미국 베이루트 대학에서 그래픽 디자인 학사 학위를 받았습니다.
2016년, Bdeir는 Tisch School of the Arts에서 서면으로 MFA를 받았고, 그곳에서 3학년 때 전액 장학금을 받았습니다. 그녀의 사전 합성 영화 메슈칼은 프랑스, 모로코, 파키스탄, 멕시코, 체크 공화국, 인도 그리고 그 밖의 많은 곳에서 영화제를 초청을 받았습니다.
2014년 캐나다 국제영화제 '각하'와 2014년 멕시코 국제영화제 '골든 팜' 등 주목할 만한 상을 수상했습니다. 현재 브루클린 영화제작자 콜렉티브의 멤버인 Bdeir는 현재 그녀의 최신 단편 영화인 Bil Abyad와 함께 영화제에 출품을 하고 있습니다. 2017년 Clermont-Ferrand 국제 단편영화제에서 세계 초청된 "인 화이트 In White" 는
2016~2017년 라이제상 뿐만 아니라 스파이크 리 제작 보조금을 받은 인 화이트는 현재 개발 중인 첫 장편 영화의 컨셉트입니다.
Dania Bdeir is daughter to Syrian parents who called Lebanon their home. Bdeir is a writer & director with an intense love/hate relationship with Lebanon. Her work focuses on social and cultural stories about Lebanon, her biggest heartache and sincerest inspiration. Bdeir was born in Canada, where her parents traveled to escape the Lebanese civil war. They later moved back to Beirut, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut.
In 2016, Bdeir received her MFA in writing and directing from Tisch School of the Arts. Her pre-thesis film Meshkal (English title: Kaleidoscope), has traveled to film festivals in France, Morocco, Pakistan, Mexico, Czeck Republic, India and many more. It has won a few notable awards including "Award of Excellence" at the 2014 Canada International film festival and "Golden Palm" at the 2014 Mexico International Film Festival.
Bdeir is now touring the festival circuit with her short film In White which was selected by Spike Lee to receive a production grant. In White will serve as a proof of concept for her first feature film with the same premise."