2014 Award

TFI awarded Greenhouse graduates Omar and Ola Shami from Lebanon with a $10,000 development grant for their project 'Villages of the Absent'. The filmmakers were invited to the Tribeca Film Festival held in April 2014, and took part in the TFI Filmmaker/Industry Meetings, a market initiative between TFI grantees and Decision Makers during the festival. The filmmakers were also entitled to a delegate pass allowing access to all the main events at the festival. 


Villages of the Absent

Omar and Ola Shami / Lebanon, 2013

Villages of the Absent - Omar Shami

This poetic documentary depicts the slow passage of time in Ain Bal, a village inhabited by a small population of elderly people, a mute lady and a schizophrenic man; a village drowning in memories of its livelier past.