Documentary / Development Funding

Lebanon, Sweden \ Arabic \ 80 minutes

Director: Rania Rafei
Producer: Jinane Dagher
Production Company: Orjouane Productions
Swedish Co-producer: Sofia Reshmi
Production Company: Racoon & Friends


A film director is working on a documentary about the mutation of Tripoli, the second-largest city in Lebanon. She chooses to work with a family in order to understand how their internal dynamics have been shaped by political events and how the changing social climate reflects on the city itself. She prepares a list of questions to interview them. Instead of addressing her questions, each member of the family divagates into a personal story, a mix of political events, mythology, and fantasy. What starts as a documentary, becomes a docu-fiction of eight tales from the city.

Rania Rafei

Rania Rafei is a Lebanese filmmaker with a diploma in audiovisual and cinema studies from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA). In 2010, following a workshop at the Danish Film School, she directed a documentary called, “notes on love in Copenhagen”. In 2012, she made her feature debut with “74 (The Reconstruction of a Struggle)”, co-directed with Raed Rafei. The film premiered at the FID-Marseille (GNCR prize). In 2014, she co-directed a video installation about the city of Beirut, called “The Purgatory”, that was exhibited at the Färgfabriken museum for art and architecture in Sweden and at the Tallinn architecture biennale. She’s currently preparing for her new project: The Day of Wrath:Tales from Tripoli.

Jinane Dagher

Born in Beirut in 1982, Jinane Dagher graduated from Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 in 2006 with a Master II in Cinematographic and Audio-Visual Studies. She has worked on several feature films as Assistant Director and Production manager. In 2008, Jinane Dagher became a producer in “Orjouane Productions” a Lebanese production company based in Beirut producing films by Maher Abi Samra, Rania and Raed Rafei, Dahna Abou Rahme etc… In 2014, she co-directed a video installation on Beirut for the Fargfabriken in Stockholm in collaboration with Rania Rafei. She’s currently producing several projects.

Sofia Reshmi

Sofia Reshmi is the creative director and founder of Racoon & Friends, a Swedish production company with over 20 years of experience in production and  filmmaking. She was involved in one of the biggest Swedish action features called Zero Tolerance starring Jakob Eklund, Marie Richardsson, Peter Andersson and Torkel Pettersson. The film was nominated for 7 Guldbaggar.