This film is one of three shorts I made during a week in Beirut in May 2011. The films were commissioned by Reel Festivals and Creative Scotland and the remit was make a series of short films "inspired by" the festival of poets that Reel Festivals was running in Lebanon. It was an amazing week, it's not every day that you get to meet poets from Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Scotland.
It was a real honour to make a film with Mazen Maarouf, he's an extraordinary man, who is a real artistic collaborator and embraced the filmmaking with true panache. It would be great to go back and make a longer film about his life together.
Produced, Directed and Filmed by Roxana Vilk
Executive Produced by GOL Productions & Reel Festivals
Edited by Maryam Ghorbankarimi
Production Assistant Stefanie Van De Peer
Filmed on location in Beirut 2011, with a Canon EOS 7D
and film sound recorded on a Zoom H2 mic and Rhode SVM Mic ( attached to the camera)
Commissioned by Reel Festivals 2011, Creative Scotland and Scottish Poetry Library and Firefly International.