Document / UK premiere

The One Man Village (Semaan Bil Day’ia)

  • Simon El Habre /
  • Lebanon /
  • 2008 /
  • 86 mins

Documentary / Arabic

A stunningly shot, poignant portrait of the sole remaining resident of a Lebanese mountain village.

Simon El Habre’s intimate portrait of his uncle, farmer Semaan El Habre, marks the arrival of a major new talent. Semaan is the only remaining resident of Ain El Hazaroun, the other villagers having fled during Lebanon’s fifteen-year civil war, never to return. The One Man Village alludes to this hidden history of war between neighbours but keeps the charming, witty and earthy Semaan – and his shed of cows – centre stage, making for a remarkably assured and moving directorial debut.

2009 Archive

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