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by Maher Abi Samra


In many Lebanese households, lives an African or Asian domestic worker. There are currently 200,000 migrant domestic workers amongst 4 million Lebanese. Zein is the owner of a domestic labor agency in Lebanon. He brings women from Asia and Africa to work in Lebanese houses. Rima plays the role of a maid on the stage and has a Sri Lankan domestic worker in her real life. The role of the “Master” is quite familiar to her and she will have to face it with lucidity. Lati is a maid and she’s angry. She’s confident that one day everything will blow up and she will regain her rights. Through the three characters of Zein, Rima and Lati, the film aims to dissect an entire system, a fully integrated logic in the daily life of the Lebanese that has become a given.

international title: A Maid for Each
original title: Makhdoumin
country: Lebanon, France, Norway, United Arab Emirates
sales agent: Doc & Film International
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Maher Abi Samra
film run: 67'
cinematography by: Claire Mathon
film editing: Rana Sabbagha
music: Moncef Taleb
producer: Sabine Sidawi-Hamdan, Serge Lalou, Camille Laemle, Ida Ven Bruusgaard, Eirin O. Høgetveit, Jinane Dagher
production: Medieoperatørene, Les Films d'Ici, Orjouane Productions (LB)
backing: Norwergian South Film Fund

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Berlinale 2016
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2016 
Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier 2016 
Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival 2016 

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