Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  67 minutes
Date:  2016
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Arabic / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
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A Maid for Each

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The world of maid service in Lebanon.

A Maid for Each

Domestic work is a real market in Lebanon, segmented according to the national and ethnic origins of the workers and in which the Lebanese employer is master and the worker the property. Zein owns a domestic worker agency in Beirut. He arranges for Asian and African women to work in Lebanese households and assists his clients in choosing 'mail-order' housemaids that will best suit their needs. Advertisement, justice, police are on his side. He decides to open his agency for us.

'Very cinematic... Shows in a very pragmatic, clear and elegant manner the brutality of the system, never exposing the victims... A striking film, which raises awareness of the existence of the outcasts of globalization.' - DOK.fest Munich Film Festival

'A new documentary jewel that will shake consciences and reveal the vibrant reality of a country like Lebanon.' - Filmin Magazine

'A film that is extraordinarily elegant and brave in its simplicity. The brilliant camerawork and [editing] lead us through the film with precise consistency... depicting the complex and brutal exploitation in such a way that only towards the end we believe to have understood its entire scope.' - Berlinale Film Festival

'Maher Abi Samra's disturbing documentary A MAID FOR EACH takes a cool-headed look at a Beirut agency that traffics-a charged word but a pretty accurate one-in domestic help. Watching the film feels like viewing a chilling reality through a two-way mirror... Abi Samra's artful, formalistic methodology succinctly exposes the dehumanization process.' - Variety


** Winner, Peace Film Prize, Berlinale Film Festival
** Winner, DOK.horizonte, 2016 DOK.fest Munich Film Festival
** Winner, Best Film, Buenos Aires International Festival (BAFICI)
** Winner, Best Documentary, Dubai Film Festival
** Official Selection, Venice Biennial Film Festival


Main credits

Abi-Samra, Maher (film director)
Abi-Samra, Maher (screenwriter)
Dagher, Jinane (film producer)
Sadawi, Sabine (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Claire Mathon; editor, Rana Sabbagha.

Distributor credits

A film by Maher Abi Samra

Docuseek2 subjects

Business Ethics
Human Rights
Labor Studies
Women's Studies
Domestic Service
Middle East Studies

Distributor subjects

Business Ethics
Economic Sociology
Human Rights
Labor Studies
Middle East
Women's Studies


; "A Maid for Each"; Icarus Films; maids; housekeeping; domestic work; Lebanon; Beirut; human rights; ethics; mail order; housemaids; labor; women's rights;

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