Friend Request

During a film festival in Berlin, Rami, Lebanese, finds himself in the presence of Ayala, Israeli. Considering the tumultuous relationship between the two countries, Rami gets paranoid and tries to avoid contact with the "enemy". But on that neutral ground, something unusual is about to happen..

  • Elie Lamah
    Para La Eternidad
  • Antoine Waked
  • Elie Lamah
    Para La Eternidad - Soul
  • Maryam Zaree
    Key Cast
    Ben O Degilim - Willkommen bei Habib - Über-Ich und Du - Longs Laden- Le chant des hommes Drei Zimmer/Küche/Bad
  • David Berton
    Key Cast
    Boy7 - Als wir träumten - Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot - Nur eine Nacht - Alle Zeit der Welt
  • Karim Cherif
    Key Cast
    Homesick - Mit Burnout durch den Wald - Top Girl oder La déformation professionnelle - Ich fühl mich Disco - Mariage sans frontières
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  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Lebanon
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  • Sarajevo Film Festival 2014
    August 19, 2014
    European Premiere
  • Chelsea Film Festival
    New York
    October 17, 2014
    North American Premiere
    Special Jury Award
  • Belgrade Film Festival
    February 28, 2015
Director Biography - Elie Lamah

Born & raised in Beirut in 1983, Elie acquired a unique visual expertise from an early age by experiencing international genres of films..
His passion for Arts led him to study Visual & Performing Arts, and Graduates with a Masters Degree in Cinema from one of Beirut's leading film schools. After his graduation, Elie has Produced & Directed a number of documentaries & short fiction films..
In the beginning of 2011 Elie started showing interest in Theatre, he co-wrote and produced his first short play "Let There be Light" retelling the first story ever told, the story of Creation, that was performed at The Cockpit Theatre in London.
Elie is now living in Dubai, and working on several projects that are planned to be shot between Europe and the Middle East.

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Director Statement

The conflict between Lebanon and Israel is several decades old. The two countries have always been sworn enemies, yet both Lebanese and Israeli citizen share many similarities, which makes the two countries quite unique in the region. Sadly, peace in the region is improbable due to a complex political situation that is not going to change anytime soon. As a Lebanese citizen, one is not allowed to speak to an Israeli as it will be considered collaborating with the enemy for which you will be treated as a traitor to your country. With Friend Request I try to go beyond the political issues between the two countries in an attempt to look into an unlikely short-lived friendship between two persons that are far from the sworn enemies the world wants them to be. Rami and Ayala meet on neutral ground in Berlin and discover they are very much alike, yet in the world they live in, being friends is simply not allowed.