Being away for a decade, Farah returns to her father’s place in her hometown Tripoli in Lebanon. One day, Mustapha invites her to his hidden universe: a poetry club of retired men, all writing in a sophisticated Classical Arabic alien to Farah. While the poets are in their refuge, outside the city is becoming more and more conservative. Whenever Farah tries to revolt against the norms that are to be respected in their community, Mustapha becomes frustrated. And because of the apathy of her father’s aging generation, Farah worries she is to inherit a city less secular than the one her father once knew; a city that has become but a bubble. In order to understand their political submissiveness, Farah needs to understand the old men’s poetry. She decides to challenge herself and join the club, to become the first female member.
We Are Inside is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, Farah Kassem graduated from ALBA University in 2008 with a BA in Audio Visual Studies. Since then, Farah has been working as a director, editor, and DOP on several documentaries. Her filmography includes short documentaries that have premiered at Visions du Réel, Warsaw Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, Dubai International Film Festival, and others. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Documentary Filmmaking at DocNomads, a mobile Film School in Documentary Directing taking place in Lisbon, Budapest, and Brussels.