Saving the rainbow goddess

Iris antilibanotica is a plant from the Iridaceae family. It was described by John Edward Dinsmore in 1933. It is endemic to a small area of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains. The species was reported as extinct in Lebanon, however a small population was found in the backyard of a private land. Iris antilibanotica was assessed as Critically Endangered and set to be a priority species for conservation actions. It is prone to extinction if adequate conservation measures are not implemented immediately. In order to preserve this species, we used the innovative approach of introducing plants, grown from seeds in our seed bank, to an archeological site near its natural area of distribution. Anjar archeological site is well protected. Our Iris can grow away from any disturbance. This co-conservation of cultural and natural heritage is a promising concept especially in Lebanon.

  • Nadine Eid
    Director
  • Sami Saab
    Director
  • Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat
    Writer
  • Josette Rouphael
    Producer
  • Rhéa Kahalé
    Key Cast
  • Christina El Haber
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 22, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Lebanon
  • Country of Filming:
    Lebanon
  • Language:
    Arabic
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Beirut
    Lebanon
    November 22, 2021
    Closing conference of a project
Distribution Information
  • Université Saint Joseph
    Distributor
    Country: Lebanon
Director - Nadine Eid, Sami Saab