Private Project

Abu Rami (Father of Rami)

65-year-old Mona is frustrated by her miserable taxi-driver husband Abu Rami and is plagued with doubts about his fidelity. As they drive across Lebanon to visit their son, the old car breaks down and the old couple is stranded. Tensions rise and Mona confronts Abu Rami with her suspicions. Overcome by guilt he confesses to living a double life she doesn’t expect. Devastated, Mona leaves him, but not before shattering his world with a secret of her own.

  • Sabah Haider
    Beirut My Heart, The International Bowie Fun Club, The Punters
  • Sabah Haider
    Beirut Solo, The International Bowie Fun Club
  • Sabah Haider
  • Sara Abu Zahra in assn with Deja Vu Productions
  • Sihame Haddad
    Key Cast
    Caramel (2006), Tannoura Maxi (2012)
  • Elie Adabachi
    Key Cast
    Beirut Ya Beirut (1975)
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Women, Middle East
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 13, 2012
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
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  • Sao Paolo International Film Festival
    Sao Paolo, Brazil
    August, 2013
    Latin American Premiere
  • Abu Dhabi FIlm Festival
    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    October 16, 2012
    World Premiere
  • Latin Arab International Film Festival
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    November 15, 2013
    Argentinian Premiere
    Audience Award for Best Short Film
  • Festival Un Poing C'est Court 2014
    Vaulx-en-Velin, France
    January 22, 2014
  • Baghdad International Film Festival
    Baghdad, Iraq
    November 15, 2013
    Iraqi Premiere
    Second-Place for Best Short Film
  • Malmo Arab Film Festival
    Malmo, Sweden
    September 20, 2013
    Scandinavian Premiere
    Jury Special Prize
  • 27th FICFA Festival International du Cinema Francophonie Acadie
    New Brunswick, Canada
    November 12, 2013
    Canadian Premiere
  • 31eme Festival Tous Courts
    Aix-en-Provence, France
    December 6, 2013
    French Premiere
  • Rome Independent Film Festival
    Rome, Italy
    April 10, 2014
    Italian Premiere
  • Milano Film Festival
    Milan, Italy
    September 24, 2013
  • MOOOV Film Festival (Formerly known as Open Doek Festival)
    March 21, 2013
    Belgian Premiere
  • NOFI FIlm Festival
    Yerevan, Armenia
    May 22, 2013
    Armenian Premiere
    Best Actress Award for Sihame Haddad, and Runner-Up Film in Professional Film Category
  • Ecrans Med Film Festival
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    May 16, 2014
    Quebec Premiere
  • Film Middle East Now Festival
    Florence, Italy
    April 14, 2014
  • Festival International du court métrage de Tiznit
    Tiznit, Morocco
    February 18, 2014
    Moroccan Premiere
  • Izmir International Short film Festival
    Izmir, Turkey
    November 13, 2013
    Turkish Premiere
  • Short Film Corner — Festival De Cannes
    Cannes, France
    May 15, 2013
  • Cabriolet Film Festival
    Beirut, Lebanon
    May 16, 2013
    Lebanese Premiere
Director Biography - Sabah Haider

Sabah Haider is a filmmaker and writer from Montreal. She has made three short films and is development on two feature projects. THE SEASON IS TURQUOISE and has been supported in development by the Harold Greenberg Fund, SODEC, and the Canadian Film Centre, where she is currently a resident in the Cineplex Entertainment Feature Film Program’s 2016 Writer’s Lab. Her other project, BEIRUT SOLO was developed in the Torino Film Lab and the Dubai International Film Festival’s Interchange program in 2011, with support from the Dubai Film Clinic, Canada Arts Council and Abu Dhabi Sanad Fund. Both features are being produced by Couzin Films, Montreal.

Haider’s 2012 short film ABU RAMI has screened in over 50 festivals, including Sao Paolo, Edinburgh, Abu Dhabi, Milan, Rome, Izmir, and has aired on the BBC. Haider is currently in post-production on her new short film THE LEGEND OF RUBY PASHA, which has been supported by the Quebec Arts Council (CALQ). In 2014 Haider was selected to participate in the Berlinale Talents Program.

Haider began her career as a journalist, between the USA, UK and Middle East. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Guelph and an MA in Film Studies from the University College London, UK, where she was awarded the Provost’s Award for Public Engagement for developing filmmaking workshops for youth in refugee communities in Lebanon and Palestine. She is currently a joint PhD candidate at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University in Montreal and the Department of Social Anthropology & Ethnology at the EHESS in Paris, France.

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