Martyr

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Synopsis

For Hassane, a young man from an impoverished neighbourhood, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization. In an effort to shake off the pressures of an increasingly desperate family situation, Hassane decides to lose himself in the azure waters of his favourite swimming spot on Beirut’s rocky shore. However, despite innocent intentions, Hassane’s actions result in a tsunami of grief and powerlessness that engulfs his friends, family and the community around him, changing their lives forever.

Production Details

Director/Writer: Mazen Khaled
Producer: Diala Kachmar
Cinematographer: Talal Khoury, Rachel Noja
Music: Zeid Hamdan, Vladimir Kurumilian
Cast: Carol Abboud, Hadi Bou Ayash, Moustafa Fahs

Technical Details

Length: 84 mins
Format: DVD, Digital (VOD)
Language: Arabic (English subtitles)
Certificate: Check with distributor

Release

Date: 22nd March 2021

Festivals
  • 74 Venice International Film Festival
  • MedFilm Festival
  • Belgrade International Film Festival
  • SXSW
  • BFI FLARE London LGBT+ Film Festival
  • Subversive Film Festival
  • Sicilia Queer International New Visions FilmFest
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival
  • Lebanese Film Festival Sydney
  • Omladinski Film Festival Sarajevo
  • Queer Lisboa – International Film Festival – Special Jury Mention
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