BEIRUT SOLO

By Sabah HAIDER

ORJOUANE PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Romance - Development 2016

Some People are destinated to live for others

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Romance
    • Countries
    • LEBANON, FRANCE, CANADA
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 94 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sabah HAIDER
    • Writer(s)
    • Sabah HAIDER
    • Producer(s)
    • Sabine SIDAWI (Orjouane Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Yassa is a Sri Lankan maid in Beirut. She has loyally served the lonely old Madame as a maid and companion for 17 years, and lovingly raised her two children Rami and Zeina, while carefully saving money to afford her son a university education.
      Yassa’s world changes when she falls in love with Raj, a poetry-loving Bangladeshi man living illegally in a refugee camp on an expired tourist visa. Their only language they have in common is their adopted Lebanese Arabic, in which their story unfolds. Without a valid visa Raj can’t renew his expired passport and he works illegally as a janitor while searching for a job as a writer.
      When the Madame finds out about Raj, she is furious and feels threatened. She forbids Yassa from seeing him. Yassa is torn between her loyalty to the Madam and Raj who says they can only be together is if she leaves the Madam.
      In love for the first time, Yassa nervously embarks on a secret journey to find a new job. This exposes her to the layers of discrimination and dysfunction in Lebanese society, breaking her spirit. One day she meets an old man seeking a doorman for his building. She begs him to let her have the job. He’s not convinced, but agrees. The Madame is shocked when Yassa finally announces she is leaving to marry Raj. A low-cost sheikh in the refugee camp marries the pair, and they begin their new married life.
      Raj keeps searching for a more rewarding job and feels increasingly hopeless when he is told these jobs are “only for Lebanese”. When he is arrested at a checkpoint for being illegally in the country on an expired passport, Yassa seeks the help of a flashy divorce lawyer to stop the deportation of her husband. She learns the only way Raj can stay is if she pays thousands of dollars for his residence permit. Again she is torn, between paying for her son’s education or her husband’s residence permit. She chooses her husband and goes to the lawyer to tell him to start the paperwork. However, when she must go to pay him, she realizes that she can’t go ahead with this, and changes her mind. Even her love for Raj will not allow her to do sacrifices her son’s education. Raj accepts to be deported, leaving Yassa alone in Beirut.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • May 01, 2014
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