Beirut’s own “Minority Report” on maids


(Photo via africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com)

It’s something that you may not want to hear, but racism is alive and well in Lebanon. Inspired by some of the horrific, and at times even deadlycircumstances faced by foreign domestic workers, Ethiopian national Rahel Zegeye, who’s been living and working in the country for 10 years, has produced and directed a film loosely based on the lives of other maids here, titled, “Beirut.”

“My main aim with the film was to show a different perspective on the lives of Ethiopian workers in Lebanon. We often hear stories of abuse and bad treatment of Lebanese employers towards their foreign domestic workers (maids). Most media and organizations working to help migrant domestic workers (MDWs) in Lebanon portray the worker as a helpless victim, her fate ruled by evil agencies and bad madams. Although this often does happen and is definitely an issue that needs attention, reality is much more complicated. I want to shed light on the inner lives and thoughts of a domestic worker, an aspect which is usually hidden from the Lebanese and foreign public,” Zegeye told the African Women in Cinema blog.

Slacktivism is lame. Do something worthwhile this coming Monday night, and check out the FREE screening of Zegeye’s film at AltCity Media in Hamra. The anti-racism movement is the new awesome. Bring human dignity back. See you there, mah.


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