Mona, an elderly woman suspects her taxi-driver husband Abu Rami of having a mistress, but is shocked to discover he has another wife. Abu Rami – The Film: This film tells a story of how Mona, an elderly Muslim Lebanese woman is suffocating inside a tattered marriage as she is plagued with suspicions of infidelity of her taxi-driver husband Abu Rami, a man who is absent even in his presence. The film, set in an unspecified location in Lebanon, follows Mona on the day where chance circumstances trigger her to confront Abu Rami with her suspicions, and both their lives change forever. Why make this film? The film explores the theme of infidelity in an Arab society, through the perspectives of two elderly characters. The elderly are an important social demographic that is completely underrepresented in Middle Eastern cinema, and the theme of infidelity among everyday people, moreover the elderly, is never explored. The two most vulnerable groups of people in any society are the children and the elderly, and I have chosen to tell a story of two elderly people who struggle to be happy in their failing marriage. Abu Rami Synopsis: On a Sunday morning in Beirut, 65-year-old Mona rushes to the honking old Mercedes outside her home where her self-absorbed and grumpy taxi-driver husband Abu Rami waits, as they set out for a drive across Lebanon to visit their son Rami and his wife for lunch. After 40 years of marriage, the couple nag and squabble, but Mona still cares deeply or him although she is plagued with doubts about his fidelity. When the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Abu Rami and Mona are stranded without help. While waiting, tensions rise and Mona confronts her husband with her suspicions. He angrily dismisses her thoughts as absurd, but is eventually overcome by guilt and confesses to leading a double life. Mona is devastated and abandons Abu Rami on the side of the road, but not before shattering his world with a secret of her own. What's the funding for? I want to make the best film I can, which means paying cast and crew what they are worth, hiring the necessary equipment, and covering all other expenses of production and post-production. The budget of the film has been calculated at $9,500 and encompasses: Production Costs: • Payment for actor/actress • Payment for crew • Equipment rental • Props, photography, locations • Transportation, food, misc production costs etc. Post-Production Costs: • Editing, Colour • Music composer, Sound design • Posters, DVDs, festival submissions, website We won't be able to make this film without your help — so even if you're not able to contribute financially, sharing this link will help greatly. Thanks for helping to make this film, all support counts.
Sabah Haider is a filmmaker, screenwriter and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon. She has an MA in Film Studies from University College London, UK, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Guelph in Canada. Haider has made five short films including Abu Rami, which explores the theme of polygamy and infidelity in the Arab world and is currently in post-production. Her 2011 short film Beirut, My Heart, a highly aesthetic homage to Beirut and an unrequited love, has screened in many festivals and is still travelling. She has also worked on numerous films of other filmmakers, most recently as camerawoman for Iara Lee’s new documentary about the Syrian revolution entitled the Suffering Grasses. Haider is currently in development for her first feature film, BEIRUT SOLO, which in 2011 was selected for development by the TorinoFilmLab and Dubai International Film Festival’s Interchange program. Haider is an active scholar of contemporary Palestinian cinema and has published many articles and conference papers on the subject. She has taught courses in Screenwriting, Arab Cinema, Journalism and Critical Writing at the American University in Dubai and American University of Sharjah. Since the summer of 2009, Haider has taught film and art to Palestinian refugee children and youth in Lebanon and Palestine. In the fall of 2012 she will begin her doctoral PhD studies in Social Anthropology and Ethnology at the EHESS in Paris, France.