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A Maid for Each
A film by Maher Abi Samra
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Domestic work is a real market in Lebanon, segmented according to the national and ethnic origins of the workers and in which the Lebanese employer is master and the worker the property. Zein owns a domestic worker agency in Beirut. He arranges for Asian and African women to work in Lebanese households and assists his clients in choosing “mail-order” housemaids that will best suit their needs. Advertisement, justice, police are on his side. He decides to open his agency for us.

"Very cinematic... Shows in a very pragmatic, clear and elegant manner the brutality of the system, never exposing the victims... A striking film, which raises awareness of the existence of the outcasts of globalization."2016 DOK.fest München

"A new documentary jewel that will shake consciences and reveal the vibrant reality of a country like Lebanon."Filmin

"A film that is extraordinarily elegant and brave in its simplicity. The brilliant camerawork and [editing] lead us through the film with precise consistency... depicting the complex and brutal exploitation in such a way that only towards the end we believe to have understood its entire scope." —2016 Berlinale

Winner, Peace Film Prize, 2016 Berlinale
Winner, DOK.horizonte, 2016 DOK.fest München
Winner, Best Film, Buenos Aires International Festival (BAFICI)
2016 La Biennale di Venezia

67 minutes / color
Release: 2016
Copyright: 2016
Sale: $390

Subject areas:
Business, Business Ethics, Economics, Economic Sociology, Ethics, Human Rights, Labor Studies, Lebanon, Middle East, Women's Studies

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