NIGHT DRAWS NEAR

By Katia JARJOURA

ORJOUANE PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Drama - Development 2016

Iraq, 1985, during Saddam’s dictatorship and the Iran-Iraq war. In a small village, Hana is hiding her brother, a deserter, behind the walls of her house. Until one day, her husband comes back from the war…

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Drama, Social issues, Historical
    • Countries
    • LEBANON, FRANCE, CANADA
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 95 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Katia JARJOURA
    • Writer(s)
    • Katia JARJOURA, Cherien DABIS
    • Producer(s)
    • Sabine SIDAWI (Orjouane Productions), Antoine DE CLERMONT-TONNERRE (MACT), Michel ZANA (Sophie Dulac), Jennifer KHAWAJA (Sienna films)
    • Synopsis
    • Iraq, 1985. In a small town in the outskirts of the desert, Hana is hiding her brother Jawad behind the walls of her house. Outside, the Iran-Iraq war is raging and Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical regime is spreading fear among the people. Deserters are executed; opponents are tortured. Hunted down by security agents, Jawad, a poet who deserted, has shut himself away in a tiny “cell” next to his sister’s living room.

      A courageous wife and mother, Hana takes daily risks to feed Jawad through a tunnel underneath the henhouse. No one knows about their secret, not even Majed and Mehdi, Hana’s children who depend on their mother while the father Abbas is at war. In this country where every one spies on each other, no one can be trusted.

      One day though, Abbas returns from the frontline, wounded in the leg. Soon enough, the tension rises and the family’s already vulnerable situation becomes unbearable.

    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 28, 2015
    • End of shooting
    • Nov 15, 2015
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