Eliane Raheb, Director, Sleepless Nights.
Festival Section: Long Documentary in Competition.
Lebanese director Eliane Raheb talks to us about her remarkable film Sleepless Nights. The story pitches the guilt of a man, Assaad Shaftari, a former high-ranking intelligene officer in the Lebanese militia forces, , against the woes of Maryam Saidi, a mother looking for her missing son. Shaftari has taken to publicly apologising for what he may have done in the war, as he comes face to face with Saidi who is yearning for answers about her son ‘Maher’, a young communist fighter who disappeared in 1982. This is not an unusual story, but the explosion of emotions on the screen and the confrontation that follows, will give you goose bumps all over. The film won a special prize from the Egyptian Film Critics Association at this year’s Ismailia Film festival.
Reporter: Amanny Mohamed.