In the Shadow of Beirut is a searing, cinematic portrait of modern-day Lebanon as seen through the eyes of four families living in the impoverished Sabra and Shatila neighbourhoods of the city, scene of an infamous massacre in 1982. The film will be Executive Produced by Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Siobhan Sinnerton for HiddenLight.
Filmed over four years with unique access to the families within these largely no-go areas and co-directed by Stephen Gerard Kelly (debut film) and Garry Keane (Gaza, 2019), In the Shadow of Beirut is marked by a deep intimacy with its subjects and a bold cinematic style, with much of its visual and character-led storytelling sharing creative DNA with the team’s earlier film, Gaza. Co-Director Stephen Gerard Kelly built up his relationship with the families at the centre of the film over a six-year period.
Lead producer is Belfast-based Cyprus Avenue Films. Production partners include Beirut’s Abbout Productions, Republic of Ireland based Real Films and Berlin-based Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion. Co-producers include Myriam Sassine, Christian Beetz and Alison Toomey.
'In Her Hands' will premiere November 16 on Netflix. It will receive its global premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, followed by its U.S. premiere at the Camden International Film Festival at the end of the same month.
‘In Her Hands’ tells the story of Zarifa Ghafari, who at 26 became one of Afghanistan’s first female mayors and the youngest to ever hold the position. The film documents her fight for survival against the backdrop of her country’s accelerated unraveling. As Western forces announce their retreat and the Taliban start their sweep back to power, Zarifa and women across the country face a new reality. Amid these tectonic changes, Zarifa must make the most difficult decision of her life.
Co-directed by Tamana Ayazi (Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen (Watani: My Homeland).
A Propagate Production in association with Moondogs & HiddenLight Productions.
Based on The New York Times bestselling book, "Gutsy Women," the eight-part series features intimate conversations with trailblazing women including Kim Kardashian, Meghan Thee Stallion, Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and many more.
The docuseries follows Hillary and Chelsea as they embark on a thought-provoking journey to speak with pioneering women artists, activists, community leaders and everyday heroes who show us what it truly means to be gutsy.
The series is directed by Anna Chai, MJ Delaney, Amber Fares, Sally Freeman, Yu Gu, Joie Jacoby, Arlene Nelson and Cynthia Wade.
Produced for Apple by HiddenLight Productions in association with Left/Right LLC.