The aim of this documentary series is to promote oneness, tolerance and acceptance by visiting people, in their personal environment, talking to them heart to heart, listening to their cherished stories, the memories that marked them the most, feeling their deepest emotions, sharing their lives
About The Project
“Zyara” presents an innovative and deeply personal approach to storytelling. These exceptionally moving web documentaries unlock the testimonies of individuals who have experienced and overcome a wide range of social challenges through courage, perseverance and resilience. They have a unique role to play in promoting social cohesion, underlining the qualities which people have in common rather than those which set them apart. Created and produced by a team of Lebanese filmmakers, “Zyara” has won nearly 36 accolades from festivals worldwide and enjoys a fast-growing following online. There is significant potential for exporting this model across the Middle East and for developing a centralised hub which can act as a conduit for shared experiences and constructive debate. Public discussion at local screenings is also a key element of the “Zyara” concept and one which gives both civil society and community leaders a chance to explore ways of supporting the victims of social injustice.
The Story Behind the Project
It all started with my curiosity to meet people and ask them about their life journey! In a world dominated by the eccessive use of technology, humans are shifting towards individualism, each with his/her device in his/hers own cubicle, we are drifting slowly into loneliness... This provoked in me the need to go sit with people, look them in the eyes and share our life experiences. Going back to the basics of Humanity, away from everything that separates us. together with Muriel Aboulrouss we embarked on this journey with a wonderful supportive team. Since then we have self funded mostly two seasons, won awards internationally and started producing the third season in January 2018. We need donations for our mission to continue, raising awareness on all kinds of human emotional challenges and shedding the light on the positive spirit that guides us to overcome them all. We are one and Zyara exists to underline what unites us in a poetic feel and the utmost authenticity in story telling. Our characters are our partners and accomplices in this journey, they agree to share because of their courage and love for others, wanting to inspire positive change in the world. Life is but a visit (Zyara) and we intend to make it a wonderful Zyara all the way for ourselves and others.
How Will The Funding Be Used
The funding will be used to produce and edit 12 episodes for Zyara season 3. It includes research, pre-production, crew fees and equipments, post production and editing, every year a season will be produced because Zyara is not just a product ... it is a message of love and faith in humanity.