David Knight - 21st Apr 2016

Noel Paul, the American director now based in Beirut has made this compelling short film and promo, filmed under remarkably testing conditions for the Lebanese band Mash'rou Leila - as Noel explains here.


"I've made a longform music video for the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila. It was shot in Beirut where I've been based for a few years now, and on a livestock vessel in the Mediterranean. The story follows a sailor working on a livestock transport that brings cows from Europe to the Levant to be slaughtered. His girlfriend works at a karaoke bar in Beirut. He deserts his ship in a Spanish port while she has a lonely night in Lebanon. The song is a prayer to the classical muse of the voice, Aoede, asking her for words.

"It was a very risky guerilla production that involved shooting in ports up and down the Lebanese coast and a taking a trucker’s ferry to Turkey and back. The band doesn’t have a label, there was no production company involved, and even if there had been, no insurance company would touch us cause we were shooting in ports and ships at sea. We had to send the film to Prague to get it developed and scanned as there's no lab in Lebanon... All in all it’s been a real journey. Check it out if you have 13minutes and thank you!"

PRO Credits


DirectorNoel Paul
ProducerJinane Chaaya
Production ManagerSonia Habib
1st ADAndrew Hraiz
Director of PhotographyRamzi Hibri
Focus PullerMarie Wardé
Art DirectorWael Boutros
ColouristBelal Hibri
Grading companyRez Visual
Lead actorKassem Istanbouli, Ghina Abboud, Nesrine Khodr
Director's RepresentationFRIEND
Other creditsProduction Coordinator: Danielle Barakat Sound Engineer: Shadi Abi Chacra

David Knight - 21st Apr 2016

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