A Maid For Each at the Arab Film Festival Australia

A Maid For Each

Lebanon | 2016 | 67mins | Dir: Maher Abi Samra
Australian Premiere

A documentary about the real business of domestic workers in Lebanon. Workers are classified per their nationality and ethnicity and their wages vary depending on their classification. In this complex industry, the relationship is quite simple: the Lebanese employer is the master and the domestic worker is a commodity. Zein owns an agency that recruits and supplies domestic workers in Beirut. He arranges for Asian and African women to work in Lebanese households and assists his clients to choose “mail-order” workers that suit their needs. With the justice, police and marketing systems on his side, Zein decides to open his agency to us.

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Maher Abi Samra


Maher Abi Samra was born in Beirut in 1965. He studied Drama Arts at the Lebanese University in Beirut and Audio-Visual Studies at the Institut National de l’Image et du Son, in Paris, and has worked as a photo-journalist for Lebanese dailies, and international agencies. His documentary We Were Communists (2010) won the Black Pearl for Best Arab Documentary at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and also participated in the Orizzonti Competition at the Venice Biennale. His filmography includes Merely a Smell (2007), Women of Hezbollah (2000), Building on the Waves (1996) and Chronicle of Returning (1995).

Crew / Cast

Director: Maher Abi Samra
Producer: Jinane Dagher, Sabine Sidawai
Scriptwriter: Maher Abi Samra
Animator: Fadi Baki
DOP: Claire Mathon
Editor: Rana Sabbagha, Ruben Korenfeld

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