Experiencing Interruptions?


A short film about a young girl who ends up on the streets because of a gender biased Lebanese citizenship law.

  • Samer Beyhum
    Maram, The Spiral, A Syrian Story
  • Samer Beyhum
    Maram, The Spiral, A Syrian Story
  • Lea Ghalayini
  • Rita Choueifati
  • Maram Eibo
    Key Cast
  • Wafa’a Halawi
    Key Cast
    Lilacs, One Night, In a State of Urgency, Taxi Ballad
  • Bshara Atalah
    Key Cast
    "Drunken Man"
    The Other Side of November, Studio Beyrouth , Blind Intersections, Bosta
  • Muhidiene Fleifel
    Key Cast
  • Karim El Ali
  • Khaled Abi Joumaa
    1s AC
  • Karim Fayad
    Assistant Director
  • Melissa Samaha
    Sound Recordist
  • Robert Minasian
    Production Designer
  • Sarah Fouladkar
    Art Director
  • Rachid Hneineh
    Casting Director
  • Adam Jammal
  • Nareg Abajian
    Original Music Score
  • Layal Salman
    Singer & Graphic Designer
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  • Genres:
    Social, children's rights, women's rights, Lebanon, human rights
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 7, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
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Distribution Information
  • 99media.org
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Samer Beyhum

Samer Beyhum is a multidisciplinary Lebanese-Canadian filmmaker, editor, post-production specialist, and co-founder of 99%Media Quebec. His work encompasses issues of social justice, the environment, and human rights in an attempt to raise awareness and document these issues for posterity and the hope of change.

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Director Statement

Article 1 of Decree No.15 on Lebanese Nationality of 19 January 1925 deprives women of granting Lebanese Citizenship to their foreign husbands and to her children from a foreign husband. There are more than 75,000 families who are negatively affected by this law. We started working on Abandoned beacuse we felt it necessary to highlight that a gender biased Lebanese citizenship law can cause a young girl to end up on the streets. All the events depicted in this film are, unfortunately, plausible.

As a filmmaker who works at a university I get the chance to make my own projects in collaboration with film students as an unofficial master class. To This affect all key production positions (Producers, DOP, AC, sound, AD, Production Design, Art Director, editor, etc..) were filled by film students, some who were first year students, of the Lebanese American university. As a result, this film is made by all those who contributed to it and not just myself alone as the initiating filmmaker and director, beacuse films are not made by one person but are rather made through a collaborative effort that is full of love.