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DVD Movie: 12 Angry Lebanese The Documentary
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Film By Zeina Daccache

A theatre director, specializing in working with disadvantaged and traumatized people, Zeina Daccache struggled to set up Lebanon's first prison-based drama project in the country's notorious Roumieh Prison.

For 15 months, 45 adult male inmates, some completely illiterate, found themselves working together to present an adaptation of the famous stage play '12 Angry Men', here re-named '12 Angry Lebanese'.
Through their new-found creative outlet, we witness the prisoners coalesce into a slick, professional ensemble.

The drama therapy sessions, the interviews with the inmates, the moments of crisis, the moments of joy, and the interaction with both Daccache and the external audience, convey an extraordinary message of hope, forgiveness and change.

In the course of their artistic journey, these murderers, drug dealers and rapists reveal kindness and faith in life.

Inspiring and honest, this account of the prisoners' journey demonstrates the efficacy of drama therapy and its positive effects on some of the most ostracized individuals in society.

Recording: PAL, All Zones
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
Released: 2009

Also by Zeina Daccache:
DVD: Scheherazades Diary.
Weight: 0.25 Kgs.
DVD Movie: Scheherazade s Diary by Zeina Daccache
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The women inmates of Lebanons Baabda Prison mine the depths of personal experience and confront patriarchy as they prepare and present the first theatre performance staged inside an Arab womens prison.

Filmed during and after the ten-month drama therapy/theatre project set up in 2012 in Baabda prison by Lebanese drama therapist and film director Zeina Daccache, this gripping and tragicomic documentary features the women inmates who, through their unprecedented theatre initiative entitled Scheherazade in Baabda, challenge societies that oppress women.

In the course of their artistic journey, these murderers of husbands, adulterers and drug felons reveal stories of domestic violence, traumatic childhood, failed marriage, forlorn romance and deprivation of motherhood that become the narratives of this self-revelatory film, with flamenco dance to boot.

The film journeys into the quotidian of prison life, follows the women storytellers as they rehearse for the show, and intermingles scenes from the live performance with testimonials and backstage antics.

The women of Baabda Prison speak for all female inmates behind bars in Lebanon just as they convey the plight of all women imprisoned by rigid and oppressive mentalities.

The Scheherazades of Baabda dare not only to reflect on their own wrongdoings and crimes but also to stand up before numerous audiences and bare their personal stories to heal their and their communitys wounds and express their sincere desire to change their lives.

In so doing, the women inmates hold up a mirror to Lebanese society, implicating us all in oppression that often leads to crime.

Recording: PAL, All Zones
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English, French
Released: 2013

Also by Zeina Daccache:
DVD: 12 Angry Lebanese The Documentary
Weight: 0.25 Kgs.