Zein has an employment agency for maids in Lebanon and brings women from Africa and Asia to work in Lebanese homes. Through three characters, the film tries to dissect the system completely.
The setting: a maid service agency. Within that spatial limitation, Maher Abi Samra delivers a solid, exploratory and incisive essay about work. Or about two different kinds of work: the one of the owners and the one of the maids. Or, rather, about the way housemaid work is conceived and handled, since they are not made visible by the film and barely have a voice. A Maid for Each describes their work through the interaction between the agency and the clients, who ask, pay, choose, and also complain about the maids. This is a documentary that piles up its findings one over the other, uses its framing to question and demarcate, lets those who decide on other people speak freely, astonishes us constantly, and finds a precise narrative with no obvious elements, in order to make a film about the current forms of slavery. JPF
D, G: Maher Abi Samra F, DA: Claire Mathon E: Rana Sabbagha, Ruben Korenfeld S: Moncef Taleb P: Serge Lalou, Camille Laemle, Ida Ven Bruusgaard Eirin, Høgetveit PE: Sabine Sidawi, Jinane Dagher CP: Orjouane Productions, Les Films D’ici, Medieoperatørene As I: Zein El Amin, Amal Barakat, Bernadette Hodeib, Rahel Zegeye
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He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1965. He studied film at La Fémis de Paris, and worked as a photographer for newspapers and news agencies. He directed many short and mid-length documentary features, including Le Syndrome du retour (1994), Femmes du Hezbollah (2000), Inhabitance of Shatila Hospital (2001), Rond-Point Chatila (2004), and We...