Abandoned – مَنْبوذِة

Nour is a 13-year-old young girl whose mother, a Lebanese woman, is married to a stateless Palestinian man. On a sunny road trip day, the family is set upon by Antar, a thug with politically affiliated impunity, who, in an instance of road rage, murders the father and mother. Owing to Lebanese law, where Lebanese women married to foreigners may not pass on their citizenship to their children, Nour finds herself abandoned to the streets of Beirut where she finds solidarity and support from Nayla, a prostitute.

This is a story that touches mainly on the rights of children who, like Nour and 77,000 other reported cases of children whose mothers are unable to grant them Lebanese citizenship, on account of a gender-biased law that favors men over women, in a bigoted and patriarchal society that is rife with corruption and impunity for those who are politically affiliated.

Credits: Director, Screenplay, Sound Designer
Completed in 2019