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by Wissam Charaf


Beirut, Lebanon, the present. Ahmed, a Syrian refugee, and Mehdia, an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker, are living an impossible love of stolen kisses on street corners. While Mehdia tries to free herself from her employers, Ahmed struggles to survive by selling scrap metal, while affected by a mysterious disease. The two lovers may have no future, but they also have nothing to lose. One day, they seize their chance and flee Beirut, in a desperate attempt to start over elsewhere, as Ahmed’s physical condition starts to gets worse.

international title: Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous
original title: Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous
country: France, Italy, Lebanon
sales agent: Intramovies
year: 2022
genre: fiction
directed by: Wissam Charaf
film run: 83'
release date: FR 26/04/2023
screenplay: Wissam Charaf
cast: Clara Couturet, Ziad Jallad, Rifaat Tarabey, Darina Al Joundi
cinematography by: Martin Rit
film editing: Clémence Diard
art director: Tom Mattei
costumes designer: Thomas Marini
music: Zeid Hamdan
producer: Charlotte Vincent, Katia Khazak
co-producer: Marco Valerio Fusco, Micaela Fusco, Pierre Sarraf
production: Aurora Films, Intramovies, Né à Beyrouth Films (LB)
backing: Direzione generale Cinema e audiovisivo del Ministero della Cultura DGCA - MIC, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC)
distributor: JHR Films

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Wissam Charaf, Clara Couturet
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