Sector Zero | القطاع صفر

Directed by Nadim Mishlawi

Lebanon, U.A.E. - 2010 - 70' - In Arabic with English subtitles
With Bernard Khoury, Chawki Azoury, Hazem Saghiye

Nadim Mishlawi
Talal Khoury
Nadim Shartouny
Nadim Mishlawi
Produced by :
Abbout Productions (Georges Schoucair)
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On the outskirts of Beirut, between the City’s port and it’s densely populated center, lies the notorious, now derelict, area of Karantina. Through an exploration of this neglected urban wasteland, Sector Zero examines the area’s peculiar history, using it as a metaphor for Lebanon’s own troubled past. Sector Zero is not so much a documentation as it is an investigation into the dark corners of modern Lebanon’s collective memory in an attempt to discover how much of who we are is based largely on that part of ourselves we have chosen to forget.


Director's biography


Born in Beirut in 1980, he has been fond of the arts since his childhood and started studying music at the age of 10. He pursued his education at the Holy-Spirit University in Kaslik (USEK), after which he graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts in 2002, and later on, with a Master’s in cinematographic studies in 2005. In 2004, Nadim exhibited his sound installation, On the Periphery: an Offscreen Composition, during the art forum Homeworks III, organized by Ashkal Alwan. In 2006, Nadim Mishlawi and sound designer Rana Eid inaugurated db Studios, a recording and audio post-production studio. Recently, Nadim has composed the music for 3 documentaries directed by Mohamad Soueid, as well as two films: Once Again by Joud Said and Stray Bullet by George Hachem. In 2010, he directed his first documentary, Sector Zero, for which he also composed the music.



2011 : Sector Zero

festivals & awards


2011 :
Dubai International Film Festival
Muhr Arab Documentary – First Prize

MC Distribution rights


Middle East and North Africa