The Kingdom of Women ~ Ein El Hilweh ~ مملكة النساء عين الحلوة
by Dahna Abourahme Documentary|2010 |54 min Lebanon
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY
Starring: Khadije Abd El Al, Abla Hassan, Subhiyeh Mowed (Um Mohammad), Amal Shabai, Raja’a Shabayta (Um Amer), Halimeh Shana’a, Nadia Zaatari
The interviews in this documentary demonstrate how women challenged social and religious traditional roles in order to rebuild their community. This period is seen by the women as a turning point in their personal development. Women physically rebuilt the camp in the course of two years time and kept their community functioning. The seven women and their families that the documentary focuses on is based on representing the different facets of the 1982-84 experience so that collectively they show a vision of the whole. Animation is used to visually recreate the image and spirit of the past. It is a way to play with imagination and reality: to reflect on the roles the women took on at that time and its present day implications.