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Civilized People

Civilized People

A Feature film by Randa Chahal Sabbag

Produced by Euripide Productions

Release in France : 25/04/2000


    During the civil war in Lebanon, many Lebanese people fled to Europe abandoning their large apartments, their sumptuous villas and…the servents they had " imported " by the thousand from Sri-Lanka, from the Philippines and from Egypt. In our story, all these people – and many others beside- remain to suffer the mood-swings of a sniper who controls their buildng, dominating its inhabitants and the neighbourhood as a whole, as well as several of the city’s perilous checkpoints. Their stories weave in and out of the tale of the young Muslim militaman and A Christian maid, as well as the traumatic adventures of a rich lady who flies in for tryst with her locever – not to mention, the trials and tibulations of Beirut cats.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Euripide Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    France tv distribution


    What would I have done if I hadn’t lived through a war? I sometimes fantasize that I’d been born in Sweden and lived ordinary, everyday life. I’m sorry that we always speak of ourselves – of what has happened to us, of our psychology – in terms of “the cause.” You begin to envy filmmakers who take the time to explore their world, who aren’t like me, shattered by a fragmentation bomb. Oh, to be introspective and inward-looking, to be an individual rather than a group! But I don’t think “Civilisées” has resolved all my problems concerning this war – I think I’m still up to my neck in it!

    Randa Chahal Sabbag, director (excerpt from press kit)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producers :

    Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Frédéric Sichler

    Line Producer :

    Jean-Pierre Saire

    Co-producer :

    Anne Fleischl

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Denise Breton, Isabelle Duvoisin

    Production Designer :

    Sylvian Chauvelot

    Costume designer :

    Souraya Baghdadi

    Sound recordists :

    Nicolas Cantin, Dominique Gaborieau

    Screenwriter :

    Randa Chahal Sabbag

    Directors of Photography :

    Ricardo Jacques, Gale Breidi, Roby Breidi

    Editor :

    Juliette Weifling

    Music Composer :

    Ziad Rahbani

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    Feature film

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    Production language :

    Arabic, French, English

    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    Majority French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 37 min

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    Posters (1)


    Selections (7)

    FIFF - 2001

    FIFF (Belgium, 2001)


    Special Progams

    Cannes Film Market - 2000

    Cannes Film Market (France, 2000)



    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 2000

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2000)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1999

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1999)


    Parallel Section