SUNDANCE 2022 – WARSHA shares a story of a stoic and quiet man seeking to unleash his inner diva

The film will receive its World Premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and will then screen at Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Writer/ Director Dania Bdeir’s Warsha is set in Lebanon, where construction workers are often underpaid, undocumented and overlooked Syrian immigrants. The film stars Khansa, a multi-disciplinary artist redefining Masculinity in the Middle East. 

Warsha follows Mohammad, a Syrian migrant working as a crane operator in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and notoriously most dangerous cranes in Lebanon. Away from everyone’s eyes, he is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom

Dania Bdeir is a Lebanese/Canadian filmmaker of Syrian origins.  She graduated NYU Film School in 2016, and her first film IN WHITE was selected for Clermont Ferrand IFF, BFI, Uppsala and won the Grand Prize at Curta Cinema Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival, making it eligible for the 2019 Academy Awards.

Producer Coralie Dias studied cinema history and cinema economy at Sorbonne University and then at University of Montreal (UDEM). After a master’s degree in International Film Coproduction at Strasbourg University, she joined the independent production company De Films en Aiguille. Her illustrious career includes working for GoGoGo Films as production manager (SOUL KIDS, FIPADOC 2021, GOLDA MARIA, Berlinale 2020) and for Liaison Cinematographique. In April 2021 she founded the independent production company Inter Spinas Films, located in Aubusson, in Nouvelle- Aquitaine region. She is currently developing short and feature films.

A selection of scenes from the film WARSHA were shot using HDR LED Walls and cutting-edge Unreal Engine Technologies. This ground-breaking film has been selected to screen at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival (Jan 20-30) and Clermont Ferrand (Jan 28-Feb 5).




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