Maia, a single mother, lives in Montreal with her teenage daughter, Alex. On Christmas Eve, they receive an unexpected delivery: notebooks, tapes, and photos that Maia sent to her best friend from 1980’s Beirut. Maia refuses to open the box or confront its memories, but Alex secretly begins diving into it. Between fantasy and reality, Alex enters the world of her mother’s tumultuous, passionate adolescence during the Lebanese civil war, unlocking mysteries of a hidden past.
Lebanon/ France/ Canada
Arabic/ French with Arabic and English subtitles
Directors/Screenwriters: Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
Producer: Georges Schoucair - Carole Scotta
Company of production: Abbout Productions/Haut et Court
Cast: Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier, and Clemence Sabbagh
Cinematography: Josée Deshaies
Editing: Tina Baz
Sound: Guillaume Le Braz, Rana Eid, and Olivier Goinard
Cairo International Film Festival, 2021 | Winner: Saad Eldin Wahba Award. Cinemania, 2021 | Winner: Prix du rayonnement.