Lebanon, France, Norway and United Arab Emirates / 2016 / Arabic and Amharic dialogue with English and Arabic subtitles / Colour / 67 mins

Genre: Creative Documentary
Programme: Muhr Feature
Premiere: MENA Premiere
Rating: PG
Contains: Requires Parental Guidance

In Lebanon, domestic work is a real business. Workers are classified per their nationality and ethnicity and their wages vary depending on their classification. In this complex industry, the relationship is quite simple: the Lebanese employer is the master and the domestic worker is a commodity. Zein owns an agency that recruits and supplies domestic workers in Beirut. He arranges for Asian and African women to work in Lebanese households and assists his clients to choose “mail-order” workers that suit their needs. With the justice, police and marketing systems on his side, Zein decides to open his agency to us.

Director : Maher Abi Samra
Producer : Jinane Dagher, Sabine Sidawi
Scriptwriter : Maher Abi Samra
Animator : Fadi Baki
DOP : Claire Mathon
Editor : Rana Sabbagha, Ruben Korenfeld


Muhr Feature Awards 2016

Best Muhr non-Fiction Feature
Maher Abi Samra (Director)