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Zeina Daccache – Scheherazade’s Diary

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Feb 26, 2016
Feb 26, 2016
Elebash Recital Hall

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3:30pm – 5:00pm
Zeina Daccache – Scheherazade’s Diary (Lebanon, 2013)
80 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
Arabic with English subtitles

The women inmates of Lebanon’s Baabda Prison mine the depths of personal experience and confront patriarchy as they prepare and present the first theatre performance staged inside an Arab Women’s prison. Filmed during, and after, the ten-month drama therapy/theatre project run in Baabda prison, in 2012, by drama therapist and director Zeina Daccache, this gripping and tragicomic documentary features the women inmates who, through their unprecedented theatre initiative entitled, Scheherazade in Baabda, challenge societies that oppress women.


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Zeina Daccache, is a Lebanese actress, director and drama therapist. She works for TV as an actress, and is a drama therapist working in different social sectors and has directed the award-winning film 12 Angry Lebanese. She is the founder and director of Catharsis-Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy, and she directed in 2009 12 Angry Lebanese – the play performed by the inmates in Roumieh Prison (Lebanon) and in 2012 the play Scheherazade in Baabda performed by the women inmates from Baabda Prison. And in 2013 she directed the play From the Bottom of My Brain with the residents of Al Fanar psychiatric hospital.