The One Man Village (Semaan Bil Day’ia)
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.
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