‘Moment of Happiness’ Reveals Suffering of Child Laborers

Published October 16th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Syrian director Walid Murib has recently wrapped up the shooting of his short narrative film Lahthat Farah (Moment of Happiness) about the sorrows of kids forced to work in order to survive, according to the Arabic daily Al Sharq Al Awsat. 

The film indirectly advocates for the rights of children under 14, whose employment is internationally prohibited. The work was scripted by the Syrian director and writer Abdel Latif Abdel Hamid, directed by Walid Murib and produced by the Syrian General Cinema Corp. 

The director followed the compound documentary style in this film, choosing a child from those involved in early employment and giving him the leading role. In this fashion, he transformed the child’s suffering into a movie. 

Moroccan director Nabil Ayyoush used this style in his film Ali Zawa, which won many Arab and international awards. The stars in Ali Zawa were homeless children. 

Meanwhile, Syrian director Ayman Dhalli is currently shooting his TV comedy film Al Mua’ar (Seconded) which sheds light on the annoyances expatriates face while they are working abroad. 

The film, written by Luay Ayyadah, marks the debut of Dhalli in direction after his graduation from a cinema institute in Rome. 

Costarring in Al Mua’ar are Issam A’bah Ji, Mohammed Hariri, Riyadh Nahhas, Wafaa Musilli, Lina Hawarneh, Abdel Fattah Mezyen and others – Albawaba.com 

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