Lebanon 2018 • 16 min

Producer: Mad solution
Country of shooting: Lebanon

This short documentary portrays fugitive vendors on their poetic quest to reshape their freedom after a life of conflict and despair. On this flea market settled on the riverbank in the margins of Tripoli, you can find a clutter of spare parts, bric-a-brac and curiosities, but more so stories filled with old found wisdom, humour, dignity and the reciting of philosophical poems. A perfect example of an anomaly in the conservative surroundings of the second biggest city in Lebanon, where the vendors established a free haven and found common ground for a sense of belonging and purpose in a community of resistance. This documentary makes you listen more carefully to the marginalized but wise stories of those vendors. As it may inspire us in our own quest for freedom.

Yahya Mourad is a Lebanese filmmaker, director, and cinematographer based in Tripoli, North Lebanon. Yahya has taken part in a number of national, regional and international festivals and workshops, with his start-up short docufiction Belonging: Tripoli. Since graduating in 2015, he has been working on a range of personal and professional projects, including short experimental documentaries, TV commercials, music videos, and weddings. He always tries to create the visual language that reflects the spirit of the people or places he captures. Despite the diversity of his projects, he always stays truthful to what each demands, while adding his own touch and signature to the project.