12 Angry Lebanese

  • Lebanon
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A theatre director, specializing in working with disadvantaged and traumatized people, Zeina Daccache creates Lebanon's first prison-based drama project in the country's notorious Roumieh Prison. For 15 months, 45 adult male inmates, some illiterate, found themselves working together to present an adaptation of the famous stage play 12 Angry Men, here re-named 12 Angry Lebanese. Through their new-found creative outlet, we witness the prisoners coalesce into a slick, professional ensemble. The drama therapy sessions, the interviews with the inmates, the moments of crisis, the moments of joy, and the interaction with both Daccache and the external audience, convey an extraordinary message of hope, forgiveness and change. Inspiring and honest, this account of the prisoners' journey demonstrates the efficacy of drama therapy and its positive effects on some of the most ostracized individuals in society.

In cooperation with

  • Reclaim the Frame
  • British Council
  • Catharsis


  • Original title
    12 Angry Lebanese
  • Direction
  • Cast
    Inmates from Roumieh Prison
  • DOP
    Jocelyne Abi Gebrayel
  • Editing
    Michele Tyan
  • Music
    Inmates from Roumieh Prison
  • Sound
    Raed Younan Original
  • Duration
    79 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Lebanon
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Awards
    • Muhr Arab Award for Best Documentary | Dubai International Film Festival 2009
    • People’s Choice Award | Dubai International Film Festival 2009
    • Audience Award | Dox Box International Documentary Film Festival 2010, Syria
    • Noor Award | Arab Film Festival, San Francisco-Los Angeles
    • First Prize at Sguardi Altrove film festival, Italy, 2011
    • Audience Award | Festival du Film de Compiegne France, 2010

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