Those Who Remain

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Lebanon | 2016 | 95 minutes | Eliane Raheb

A 60-year-old Christian farmer struggles to hold onto the land he has tilled for decades despite mounting tensions in Lebanon's picturesque Akkar District, a microcosm of the country's various religious factions and the repercussions of the Syrian crisis.

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Haykal Mikhael is a 60-year-old Christian farmer struggling to hold onto the land he has tilled for decades in Lebanon's picturesque Akkar District, which adjoins Syria and is composed of Christian, Shia, and Sunni towns. He has a sheep farm and apple orchards, and is building, stone by stone, a large house for himself and his family, as well as a restaurant for those who live nearby. One glance at the landscape and you'll begin to understand Haykal's attachment: The Akkar District boasts Lebanon's largest and most pristine forest; wooded slopes alternate with fields of wildflowers in spring and snow-covered valleys in winter. However, as he points out, in the wake of Lebanon's long civil war, peaceful coexistence has become a thing of the past, as each of the local communities has become increasingly partisan: Sunni villages remain exclusively Sunni; Maronite Christians oppose sales to "outsiders." The region has become a microcosm of the country's various religious factions. In addition, it now faces the repercussions of the Syrian crisis; the border is only a few kilometers away. Eliane Shaheb's masterful documentary manages to convey the complexity of the country's past, present, and future through the touching story of one old man, the land he loves, and the persistence of hope against all odds.

Director Biography

Eliane Raheb is a Lebanese director. She has directed the two short films "The Last Screening" (1996) and "Meeting" (1997), and the medium-length documentaries "Karib Baiid" ("So Near Yet So Far", 2002), "Intihar" ("Suicide", 2003) and "Hayda Lubnan" ("This is Lebanon", 2008), which has received the Excellency Award at the Yamagata Film Festival, and was broadcasted on ARTE/ZDF, Al Jadeed and NHK. Her first feature documentary Sleepless Nights (2012) was screened in over 50 film festivals and received five awards.

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  • Original Language Title: Mayyel ya ghzayyel
  • Director: Eliane Raheb
  • Principal Cast: Haykal Mikhael
  • Premiere Status: North America
  • Country: Lebanon, United Arab Emirates
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Producer: Eliane Raheb
  • Cinematographers: Jocelyne Abi Gebrayel
  • Editors: Eliane Raheb
  • Music: Najah Salam
  • Filmography: Sleepless Nights (2012); This is Lebanon (2008)
  • Language: Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: ITAR productions