I USED TO SLEEP ON THE ROOFTOP

by Angie Obeid
I USED TO SLEEP ON THE ROOFTOP

Informations

Nation: Lebanon, Qatar

Year: 2017

Length: 61'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Until 2015, Nuhad, a fifty-three-year-old Syrian woman, had never left her country, much less had she ever thought about emigrating. But when civil war breaks out she realizes the moment has come to leave a place that no longer belongs to her. She finds her way to Angie, who is twenty-seven-year-old a friend of her son, and who lives in an apartment in nearby Beirut. It is the only refuge possible for Nuhad and, over time, it becomes an antechamber which sees the birth, development and death of indefinite projects for the future. Her plans are blocked by the fragmentary information she tracks down on the web or receives from people who live elsewhere. A form of symbiosis is created between two very different women, yet united by the need and desire to find their own place in the world.

Director

Angie Obeid

Angie Obeid

Angie Obeid (Beirut, Lebanon, 1988) graduated in film directing and screenwriting from Notre Dame University in Louaize. Since 2009, she has been working as a producer, director’s assistant and film editor on documentaries for the TV channel Al-Jazeera and for independent productions. She has directed the short documentaries For the Sake of Man’ousheh (2016) and Pianissimo (2017). I Used to Sleep on the Rooftop is her first feature film. At the moment, she is participating in Doc Nomads, a postgraduate master’s degree program with campuses in Portugal, Hungary and Belgium. 

Filmography:
For the Sake of Man’ousheh (2016), Pianissimo (2017), I Used to Sleep on the Rooftop (2017).

Cast and Credits

regia, fotografia, suono, produttore/director, cinematography, sound, producer
Angie Obeid
montaggio, musica/film editing, music
Dani Abo Louh
interpreti/cast
Nuhad Al Khoury, Angie Obeid
produzione/production
Beirut DC
coproduttore/coproducer
Cynthia Choucair
coproduzione/coproduction
Road2Films

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contatti/contacts
Angie Obeid
angie.obeid@googlemail.com

Director statement

“A double reality in one space and time: being physically present in a place, yet fantasizing about another one. This is a reaction to war, the consequence of living in chaotic and unforgiving times. This experience brings two women together, forming a common ground between two generations, two waitings; between Nuhad and I.”

Synopsis Learn more

Until 2015, Nuhad, a fifty-three-year-old Syrian woman, had never left her country, much less had she ever thought about emigrating. But when civil war breaks out she realizes the moment has come to leave a place that no longer belongs to her. She finds her way to Angie, who is twenty-seven-year-old a friend of her son, and who lives in an apartment in nearby Beirut. It is the only refuge possible for Nuhad and, over time, it becomes an antechamber which sees the birth, development and death of indefinite projects for the future. Her plans are blocked by the fragmentary information she tracks down on the web or receives from people who live elsewhere. A form of symbiosis is created between two very different women, yet united by the need and desire to find their own place in the world.

Director All about direction

Angie Obeid

Angie Obeid

Angie Obeid (Beirut, Lebanon, 1988) graduated in film directing and screenwriting from Notre Dame University in Louaize. Since 2009, she has been working as a producer, director’s assistant and film editor on documentaries for the TV channel Al-Jazeera and for independent productions. She has directed the short documentaries For the Sake of Man’ousheh (2016) and Pianissimo (2017). I Used to Sleep on the Rooftop is her first feature film. At the moment, she is participating in Doc Nomads, a postgraduate master’s degree program with campuses in Portugal, Hungary and Belgium. 

Filmography:
For the Sake of Man’ousheh (2016), Pianissimo (2017), I Used to Sleep on the Rooftop (2017).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, fotografia, suono, produttore/director, cinematography, sound, producer
Angie Obeid
montaggio, musica/film editing, music
Dani Abo Louh
interpreti/cast
Nuhad Al Khoury, Angie Obeid
produzione/production
Beirut DC
coproduttore/coproducer
Cynthia Choucair
coproduzione/coproduction
Road2Films

**
contatti/contacts
Angie Obeid
angie.obeid@googlemail.com

Director statement Read more

“A double reality in one space and time: being physically present in a place, yet fantasizing about another one. This is a reaction to war, the consequence of living in chaotic and unforgiving times. This experience brings two women together, forming a common ground between two generations, two waitings; between Nuhad and I.”