A Maid For Each | Maher Abi Samra

Lebanese Film Project Rewarded

Within the framework of the Focus section dedicated to Lebanon, the "A Maid for Each" film project, by the Lebanese filmmaker Maher Abi Samra, was awarded the "visions sud est" prize for an amount of 10'000 CHF.

To provide concrete support for filmmakers and production companies from the chosen country within the framework of FOCUS: that is the objective of this "Visions Sud Est" prize awarded for the first time this year to support film production from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

The prize-wining project was selected from submissions following a call for Lebanese film projects at the end of 2012. The jury has unanimously awarded the 2013 prize to " A Maid for Each" by Maher Abi Samra: "While dealing with a phenomenon which is specifically Lebanese the filmmaker gives this subject a universal significance in a world in which de-regulation has become the watchword". The Prize is supported by the Swiss production support fund Visions Sud Est, the DDC (Direction du développement et de la coopération) and Visions du Réel.

"This support for Lebanese film production, which is not widely known but is in full development, is essential since this country offers documentary films of great quality. Over and beyond the prize intended to help finish the film, our Festival also provides an opportunity for exchanges between professionals seeking to co-produce", explains Luciano Barisone.

SYNPOSIS OF «A MAID FOR EACH» by Maher Abi Samra, produced  by Sabine Sidawi and Jinane Dagher of Ourjouane Productions:
"Zein owns a domestic worker agency in Lebanon. He brings Asian and African women to work in Lebanese households and assists his clients in choosing housemaids, from a catalogue , that will best suit their needs. Rima plays the role of a housemaid on stage and has one in real life. She is quite familiar with the role of the “master/owner”. Lati is nothing like the housemaids in the advertisements: she is a woman leading a struggle. She has no doubt that one day she will be able to regain her rights."