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Directed by Amin Dora

Lebanon 2013 100 mins. In Arabic

Lebanon’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission is a gently barbed social satire about bigotry and redemption that unfolds in a traditional Lebanese coastal town. After having two daughters with his childhood sweetheart Lara, a beloved music instructor Leba has a son. Unfortunately, Ghadi is born with Down syndrome and the loud noises he makes trying to imitate his father’s singing start to take a toll on the neighbors. Without much understanding of the disability, the village people start calling the boy a “demon” and try to evict him from the town. Unwilling to send his son to an institution, Leba hatches a clever plan to convince his neighbors to change their minds. “Conceived in a fanciful vein that Frank Capra might well have appreciated.”—Variety.

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