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Lebanese Film Before We Heal Contends for the Best Short Film Award at the Carthage Film Festival

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The Film's African Premiere

Lebanese Film Before We Heal Contends for the Best Short Film Award at the Carthage Film Festival


Lebanese short film Before We Heal by director Nadim Hobeika will compete within the Official Competition - Short Films at the 29th Carthage Film Festival (JCC) (November 3-10), marking its African premiere.

Most recently, the film landed its premiere in its homeland within the events of the Lebanese Film Festival. The film had its world premiere at the Aegean Film Festival in Greece, and took part in the Arab Film Festival (AFF) in California, USA.

Established in 1961, the Carthage Film Festival is the oldest event of its kind on the African continent and the Arab World. This year, the festival will screen more than 200 films, produced in 2017 and 2018, from 47 countries in its different sections, including 54 Arab films.

Saleem and Raya meet at Raya's place. Saleem enters the toilet and somehow gets stuck. Between the inside and the outside, trials and disappointments, laughter and hope, memories and screams, are all being shared at the doorstep.

Written and directed by Nadim Hobeika, Before We Heal stars Yumna Marwan, Mohammad Bsat and Elie Njeim. The film's crew includes Cinematographer Céline Layous, Editor Nathalie Rbeiz, and Composer Jean Nassif. The film is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.

Lebanese director Nadim Hobeika obtained his degree in filmmaking from Saint Joseph University in 2014. His graduation short film Feu de Camp (Bonfire) participated in several film festivals around the world. In 2015, he attended open courses at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York, to develop his craft.

Back in Lebanon, Hobeika worked as a first assistant director with renowned Lebanese filmmakers. In between, he directed many corporate films, two music videos for the Lebanese band Adonis that witnessed a great audience acclaim, and shot his second short film Before We Heal. Hobeika is currently in the script development process of his first feature film.