Actor, drama therapist and director Zeina Daccache is on a mission to reform penal law in Lebanon. The Blue Inmates, follows the making of a theatre production depicting inmates suffering from mental health issues, isolated within “The Blue Building” in Lebanon’s Roumieh Prison, portrayed by their fellow inmates in general population.
In this remarkable documentary, inmates enrolled in Daccache’s drama therapy programme convey messages from “The Blue Building” to the outside world and to decision-makers with the hope of changing the status of these forgotten prisoners.
Through Daccache, we hear untold stories through the performance, as she seeks to show humanity within an inhumane system and to bring change - namely the possibility of rehabilitation - through art.
The screening on Tue 8th Nov was followed by a Zoom Q&A with director Zeina Daccache hosted by Clara El Akiki, co-founder of Roots Resistance.
ABOUT RECLAIM THE FRAME INTERNATIONAL:
Reclaim The Frame x International is a new international collaboration between Birds’ Eye View (UK), Flying Broom Foundation (Turkey), Women Make Waves (Taiwan) and Regards de femmes: festival international de film de femmes (Tunisia). With the shared mission to increase gender diversity and inclusion in cinema Reclaim the Frame x International aims to support culturally diverse women & non-binary filmmakers through the circulation of works, collaboration and a professional development programming.
Reclaim The Frame x International is funded by the British Council’s International Collaboration Grants, which are designed to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate on international arts projects. The screening is also supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.
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ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:
Zeina Daccache is a Lebanese actress, theatre and film director and drama therapist. She worked as a television actress from 2003 to 2015. She is the founder and executive director of ‘Catharsis - Lebanese Centre for Drama Therapy’ and works as a drama therapist in prisons and rehabilitation centres. Through her work, several laws in Lebanon have been amended. Daccache is the recipient of many awards as a result of her distinguished contributions to social initiatives and service.