MARTYR

A film by Mazen Khaled

The sudden drowning of Hassane at Beirut’s seaside corniche sparks a mob funeral. His friends, who hail from different communities, have to grapple with loss and with the struggle to partake in his community’s rites and ceremonies. The life and death journey that the young man takes on his last day of life exposes the schisms of the city and the fault lines lining up its society, revealing some of the forces pushing the lives of a marginalized young men.

 


TECHNICAL DETAILS

Year: 2017
Production Countries: Lebanon, Italy
Runtime: 80
Original Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

 


CREW
Director: Mazen Khaled
Producer: Diala Kachmar

Script: Mazen Khaled
CinematographyRachelle Noja & Talal Khoury
EditorVartan Avakian
Sound Design: Victor Bresse
Music
Zeid Hamdan and Vladimir Kurumilian 
Colorist: Belal Hibri

CAST
MOTHER Carol Abboud / HASSANE Hamza Mekdad
FRIEND Mostafa Fahs / FRIEND Hady Bou Ayash / FRIEND Rachad Nassereddine
FATHER Rabih el Zaher / SISTER Raneem Mourad


DIRECTOR

Mazen Khaled was born in Beirut, Lebanon. After a period spent in policy analysis and research, he moved to Advertising where he wrote and directed TV ads as part of his work as creative director. He studied and worked in Beirut, Washington DC, Dubai, and Montreal. Mazen’s work tends to focus on the human body, framing it aesthetically, but also placing it within the frameworks of spirituality, family, and society. This stems out of a conviction that when bodies come together, it is in defiance of an impossible, or in exploration of truth. The singular result is a fleeting and difficult to capture construction of a unique aesthetic


 

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