12 Angry Lebanese: The Documentary


Monday, April 18, 2011 – 9:00pm
Sunday, May 1, 2011 – 9:30pm

Zeina Daccache
Run Time:
78 min
Arabic with English subtitles

Powerhouse Zeina Daccache, a theater director specializing in working with the disenfranchised and traumatized, established Lebanon’s first prison-based project in the notorious Roumieh prison, transforming the lives of many men and resulting in the beginnings of prison reform.

For 15 months, 45 prison inmates, some completely illiterate, worked together to adapt the famous stage play 12 Angry Men (known through the Sidney Lumet film starring Henry Fonda). Touching upon the themes of forgiveness, self- development, stigma and hope, Daccache added monologues, songs and dance routines created by the prisoners to the original text. This remarkable documentary is a must-see. Its rehearsals, therapysessions and interviews show the tremendous dignity and despair of the prisoners as well as the charismatic Daccache’s boundless energy and patience in revealing the power of ‘drama therapy.’

Winner, Best Documentary, Audience Award, Dubai Film Festival; Audience Award, Dox Box, Damascus. -Adapted from Palm Springs International Film Festival

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