by The Legal Agenda in cooperation with Mohammad Sabbah (Lebanon, 2020)
Genre: Short Documentary / Original Version: Arabic / Duration: 27 min / Script: The Legal Agenda / Cinematography: Karim Ghorayyeb / Editing: Ali J Daloul / Sound Editing & Design: Victor Bresse / Producer: Eliane Raheb / Co-producers: Field Produce Lea Hasrouty, Heinrich Boell Foundation – MEO
"The Legal Notebook" continues in the film "Al-Muraj," produced in collaboration with the "Beirut DC" Association, presenting the case of Marj Bisri, which it dedicated a full issue to in its monthly magazine. The film narrates the stories of the residents of the Bisri Basin with Al-Muraj, their connection to it, and the memories and stories of their ancestors and fathers within its expanse. Al-Muraj has always been a playground of their childhood, a source of livelihood, and a gateway to knowledge and production. The film also documents the risks of the Bisri Dam through the testimonies of the residents and the data provided by experts and scientists, within an artistic framework brilliantly directed by filmmaker Mohammed Sabah. The World Bank's decision on August 4, 2020, to suspend funding for the Bisri Dam project serves as the beautiful conclusion to the film, highlighting the struggle of the residents of Al-Muraj, along with the revolutionaries, activists, and advocates of Lebanon.
About the Director
The Legal Agenda (LA) is a Beirut-based nonprofit research and advocacy organization with offices in Lebanon and Tunisia and correspondents in several other Arab countries. It was established in December 2009 by a group of legal professionals, scholars, and human rights activists who institutionalized their efforts to build a critical and multidisciplinary approach to law and justice in Arab countries with a special focus on political, civil, social, and economic rights.