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Sleepless Nights

About the Film

Eliane Raheb’s directorial debut is an incisive look at the psychological aftermath of the Lebanese Civil War. Assaad Shaftari was a high-ranking intelligence officer for an extreme right Christian faction during the war, and Maryam Saiidi is a mother still relentlessly seeking answers as to why her son, a student and Communist Party member, disappeared. Not only does Raheb bring their stories together, she instigates meetings between the two. We witness a soldier’s attempts at atonement and a mother’s rage, and learn that even after 30 years Lebanon is a country not completely healed from its past.

About the Director

Born in Lebanon, Eliane Raheb is the director of several short films, THE LAST SCREENING and ENCOUNTer, and documentaries SO NEAR YET SO FAR, SUICIDE, and THIS IS LEBANON (recipient of the excellency award in Yamagata, and aired on Arte, ZDF, Al Jadeed and NHK). She is one of the founders of "Free Arabs",, a cross media documentary project shot in 7 Arab countries during the revolutions between 2011 and 2012. She is one of the founders of the cultural cooperative for cinema Beirut DC where she is since 2001 she has served as the Artistic Director of the Arab Film Festival.

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Film Information

Dates 10/10, 1:45pm
10/11, 12:00pm
Ticket Prices Regular - $15.00
Senior - $13.00
(+ 65 yrs)
Children - $8.00
(12 yrs & under)
Type Documentary Feature
Length 128 min
Year 2012
Language Arabic/English/French
Country Palestine/Lebanon/
Original Title Layali Bala Noom
Premiere East Coast Premiere
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Creative Team

Director   Eliane Raheb
Screenwriter   Nizar Hassan
Producer   Nizar Hassan

Location Information

Date 10/10, 1:45pm
Venue Regal East Hampton Cinema UA 5
Address 30 Main Street, East Hampton, NY  11937
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Date 10/11, 12:00pm
Venue Sag Harbor Cinema
Address 90 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY  11963
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