Manara,” a short film by Lebanese filmmaker Zayn Alexander, debuted in the 2019 Venice Days at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. The short drama screened on Sept. 4, 2019 during a special event at the Villa degliAutori at the Venice Lido.
“‘Manara’ began from my own frustration and angst with a culture that is obsessed with appearances. An older generation who is willing to risk their well-being and the well-being of their children as long as they remain intact in the eyes of their immediate community, family, and the country as a whole,” Alexander said. “With that in mind, I chose to tell a story about an affluent family in conservative Southern Lebanon who has just been dealt a ‘scandal,’ which, if exposed, might stain them for the rest of their lives.”
“Manara” won the first edition of the “Vitesul’acqua” competition, within the film festival Laguna Sud, curated by Andrea Segre in Chioggia, Venice!