The One Man Village | سمعان بالضيعة

Directed by Simon el Habre

Lebanon - 2008 - Color - 86’ - Arabic with English subtitles
With Semaan El Habre

Simon el Habre
Bassem Fayyad & Mark Karam
Emil Aouad
Simon el Habre
Produced by :
Jad Abi-Khalil (Beirut DC) , Irit Neidhart (mec film) , Simon El Habre
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Exceptional clarity in the filmic storytelling of a simple man in the Lebanese highlands, told with great empathy and even more skill. This film is an enchanting and gripping film and at once a pleasant and powerful experience.

Semaan is leading a quiet life on his farm in the small village of Ain al-Halazoun in the Lebanese mountains. The hamlet was completely emptied and destroyed in combats during the civil war in Lebanon between 1975 and 1990. Today, many years after an official reconciliation, its inhabitants, who are all from one family, regularly go back to the village to cultivate their plots of land or visit their houses and always leave before sunset.In his comforting and humorous film Simon El Habre observes the life in his quasi ghost village and tries to reflect on the collective and individual memory in a country that seems to live in a collective amnesia and is vulnerable to a new civil war.

Director's biography


Simon El Habre was born in Beirut. In 1998 he obtained his Diploma in Audiovisual Directing from Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) and graduated from Femis (Paris) in Film and Video Editing in 2000. Since 2001 he is teaching Video and Visual Expression as well as Film and Video Editing in ALBA. He directed a large number of commercials and TV-reportages, mainly for Arab satellite channels MBC, al-Arabia, and al-Jazeera and edited award winning short and documentary films. Simon El Habre is an acclaimed editor in Lebanon and worked, among others, with
Ghassan Salhab on his video POSTHUMUS (2007) and his feature film “1958 (SELF PORTRAIT OF YESTERDAY)” (2009).
Simon El Habre is member in the cultural association for the development of cinema, BeirutDC.



The One Man Village / Semann Bil Day’ia
2000 :
Chambre 220

festivals & awards


2009 :
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival :
Best International Documentary
2008 :
International Film Festival Dubai (UAE) :
Special Jury Prize Documentary

MC Distribution rights


Middle East & North Africa (excluding GCC countries)