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Heaven Beneath My Feet

الجنة تحت اقدامي
Sandra Madi
Lebanon, France
2020
90 min
International Premiere
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In Lebanon, a marriage can turn into a prison. Filmmaker Sandra Madi watched her friend struggle for twelve years to get a divorce from her husband, who used all his money and power to get his way. It prompted her to zoom in on the anguish produced by the legal system in her home country.

The laws are determined by religious sects in Lebanon, each with their own judges who nearly always rule in favor of the man. Heaven Beneath My Feet tells the heartbreaking stories of three mothers who are denied custody of their children as a result of the prevailing rules. Lina’s son, for example, was abducted and taken to Germany, and the question now is whether she can obtain a residence permit there herself. She hardly sees her child, partly because he has become afraid of her.

From a distance we see them living lives consumed by despair, fear, and loneliness. An important document on the direct consequences of an oppressive system.

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Director
Co-production
    Les Films d’Ici Méditerranée ,
    Red Carbon Productions
    Les Films d’Ici Méditerranée ,
    Red Carbon Productions
Involved TV Channel
    France Televisions
    France Televisions
Sound Design
Screening copy
    Solo Films
    Solo Films

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