A MAID FOR EACH

By Maher ABI SAMRA

ORJOUANE PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Post-Production 2014

In many Lebanese households lives an African or Asian domestic worker. There are currently 200,000 migrant domestic workers amongst 4 million Lebanese in Lebanon. Domestic work in Lebanon is a real market, where the Lebanese employer is master, and the worker the property of the master.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • LEBANON
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Maher ABI SAMRA
    • Writer(s)
    • Maher ABI SAMRA
    • Producer(s)
    • Jinane DAGHER (Orjouane Productions), Sabine SIDAWI (Orjouane Productions), Serge LALOU (Les Films d'Ici)
    • Synopsis
    • In many Lebanese households lives an African or Asian domestic worker. There are currently 200,000 migrant domestic workers amongst 4 million Lebanese in Lebanon. Domestic work in Lebanon is a real market, segmented according to the national and ethnic origins of the worker, where the Lebanese employer is master, and the worker the property of the master.
      Zein is the owner of a domestic labour agency in Lebanon. He brings women from Asia and Africa to work in Lebanese houses. He assists his clients in choosing from a catalogue the maid that will suit best their needs.
      Rima plays the role of a maid on the stage and has a Sri Lankan domestic worker in her real life. The role of the ‘Master’ is quite familiar to her and she will have to face it with lucidity.
      Lati is a maid and she’s angry. Her anger is growing. She’s confident that one day everything will blow up and she will regain her rights.
      Through the three characters of Zein, Rima and Lati, I aim to dissect an entire system, a fully integrated logic in the daily life of the Lebanese that has become a given.
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