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The One Man Village
(Semaan Bil Day'ia)
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A wonderful work, in every aspect. Radioeins
A film full of poetry and simple worldly wisdom. Berliner Morgenpost
A film that goes under the skin. Al-Mustaqbal


Semaan is leading a quiet life on his farm in the small village Ain el-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, which 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.


Lebanon 2009, Simon El Habre, documentary, 86min, Arabic
Subtitles: English, French (problem in synchronization of titles in French), German, Serbian, Spanish, Italian
Bonus: Deleted Scenes, Sort-film, Making-Of
PAL, region free


Memory, Amnesia, Lebanon, Civil War, War of the Mountains, Couf, Jebel al-Shuf, Alternative Life, Peasant

Awards (Selection)
Hot Docs: Best International Feature 2009
Dubai International Film Festival: Special Jury Award, Arab Documentary 2008
One World International Documentary Film Festival Prague: Special Mention 2009
Monaco Charity Film Festival: Special Jury Award (Documentary Films) 2009
Arab Film Festival Rotterdam: Silver Hawk 2009
Expresión en Corto (Mexico): Honorable Mention Feature Length Documentary 2009
AMAL - Euro-Arab Film Festival: Best Documentary 2010
Murex D'Or: Best Lebanese Cinema Movie of the Years 2008/9

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