12 Angry Lebanese: the Documentary

12 Angry Lebanese: the Documentary
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12 Angry Lebanese: the Documentary
Lebanon, 2009, 78 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Middle East, Political, Woman Director
Program: True Stories
Language: Arabic English Sub-Titles

One of the year’s most inspiring and affecting documentaries, 12 Angry Lebanese demonstrates the efficacy of drama therapy and its positive effects on some of the most ostracized individuals in society. Powerhouse Zeina Daccache, a theater director specializing in working with disadvantaged and traumatized people, established Lebanon’s first prison-based drama project in the notorious Roumieh prison. Her initial production transformed the lives of many men and resulted in the beginnings of prison reform.

For 15 months, 45 inmates, some completely illiterate, worked together to present an adaptation of Reginald Rose's famous stage play 12 Angry Men (known worldwide through the Sidney Lumet film starring Henry Fonda). The choice of play, which touches upon the themes of forgiveness, self- development, stigma and hope, was no accident. Daccache added monologues, songs and dance routines created by the prisoners to the original text. A must see, this remarkable documentary includes rehearsals, drama therapy sessions and interviews, revealing the tremendous dignity and despair of the prisoners as well as the charismatic Daccache’s boundless energy and patience. Winner, Best Documentary, Audience Award, Dubai Film Festival; Audience Award, Dox Box, Damascus.

DIRECTOR: Zeina Daccache
Producer: Zeina Daccache
Editor: Michele Tyan
Cinematographer: Jocelyne Abi Gebrayel
Music: Inmates from Roumieh Prison
Principal Cast: Zeina Daccache and inmates from Roumieh Prison
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Catharsis

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