Dir. Lara SABA
Three protagonists, one city…
Coming from different backgrounds, they pass each other but they never meet, though, the effect of one incident will alter drastically the lives of the three of them!
It all starts on a dark deserted road. A couple in their 50’s drive in their old ragged car. As they reach an intersection, while all seemed calm, a car came blazing down the street out of nowhere and rammed the old couple’s car. They both died on the spot.
At that point, Kenzi’s life, their 20 year old daughter, takes a severe turn. Coming from a modest social background, this tragedy will hit the core of her daily life. She has no money, no possessions and on top of it all, she has to attend to the needs of her handicapped grandmother. Her dad had mortgaged their apartment to pay her tuitions, now she also has to make those payments on time otherwise she’s homeless. While pursuing her studies, she’s not able to hold on to any of the second jobs she was getting. One night, she gets to the point of prostituting herself for money…
Malek and India his wife make a happy couple, partnering in their life journey. Their only problem is that they cannot conceive children. After several attempts for artificial insemination India finally gets pregnant. One night while she was running errands in the supermarket a strung out junkie tries to steal her bag. He attacks her in the parking lot provoking her to fall, lose the baby and faint. India ends up at the hospital. The doctor calls her husband to let him know what happened. We then see Malek running out of his office driving his car like a mad man, he runs a few red lights and bashes into the unfortunate couple.
Marwan’s abusive and alcoholic mother makes money by selling her 12 year old child’s body. One day Marwan stands up for himself and puts an end to this physical and emotional abuse. He decides to run away. He befriends a gang in the hood he lives in. They initiate him to the world of drugs and alcohol. He quickly becomes an addict who lives in a deserted building, cleaning up in the toilets of fast food joints. Having a close encounter with death due to an overdose, he finds himself in the ER of a hospital. The doctor refuses to give him drugs and insists on sending him to a juvenile rehab. Marwan tries to persuade him by manipulating his feelings. The doctor slips into a moment of weakness and lets him go. Marwan ends up in the parking lot of the supermarket where India’s fate tips over…
Password : festival
A MAN of honor
Dir. Jean-Claude CODSI
Brahim sells cars in his “Brahim Auto Park” located in Lebanon. Apart from his secretary and his clients, he is in contact with nobody. He lives a lonely life.
Brahim has a chance encounter with Leila. Because of her, he committed a murder 20 years ago in Jordan. He was forced to play dead and flee incognito to Lebanon, leaving behind his wife and son who think he “died a hero”.
His encounter with Leila makes him go back to Jordan and face his past and his people.
A MAN OF HONOR recounts the journey of a man struggling against his ossified tribal community. Where group cohesion comes first, how is it possible to defend individual rights, especially when that individual is a woman?
Forced to deal with reality and myths, with shame, revenge and honor crimes, how far will Brahim go in order to regain his dignity?