Villages of the Absent

Omar Shami, Lebanon

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 in a village drowning in memories of its livelier past.

Produced and written by: 

 Ola Shami


 During the 2013 Greenhouse final seminar and pitching forum, the film was awarded a 10,000$ Development Grant from the Tribeca Film Institute and participation in Sheffield Doc/Fest's marketplace in June 2014.

 Development Grant, Sundance Documentary Film Program, 2014.

 Selected to take part in the Filmmaker/Industry meetings at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2014.

Villages of the Absent / Omar Shami
Villages of the Absent / Omar Shami