Scene from the film Scheherazade's Diary
Scene from the film Scheherazade's Diary
Scene from the film Scheherazade's Diary
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Scheherazade's Diary

  • Lebanon
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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. Immersing us within a 10-month drama therapy workshop set up in 2012 in Baabda prison 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. In the course of their artistic journey, these “murderers of husbands, adulterers and drug felons” reveal stories of domestic violence, traumatic childhood, failed marriage, forlorn romance and deprivation of motherhood that become the narratives of this self-revelatory film.

In cooperation with

  • Reclaim the Frame
  • British Council
  • catharsis


  • Original Title
    Scheherazade's Diary
  • Direction
  • Cast
    Women Inmates from Baabda Prison - Lebanon
  • Cinematography
    Jocelyne Abi Gebrayel
  • Editing
    Michele Tyan
  • Music
    Khaled Mouzanar
  • Sound
    Raëd Younan
  • Runtime
    80 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Lebanon
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Awards
    • FIPRESCI prize | Dubai International Film Festival, 2013, United Arab Emirates
    • Special Mention | Dubai International Film Festival, 2013, United Arab Emirates
    • GOLD FIFOG Award | FIFOG film festival Geneva, 2014
    • Best Documentary | Lebanese Film Festival, 2014
    • Al Araby TV Network Award | Malmo Arab Film Festival , 2014
    • Special Mention | International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier, 2014
    • Best Arab Film Prize | Cairo International film Festival, 2014 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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