Aal Sekke Ya Train (On the rail train)

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Film­maker Zeina Had­dad’s doc­u­men­tary “Aal Sekke Ya Train,” is due for re­lease this fall. For four years Had­dad made a yearly cal­en­dar for her friends with pho­tos she’d shot from Le­banon’s train sta­tions and when she got in touch with Rail­road Work­ers Syn­di­cate Pres­i­dent, Bechara Assi, he sug­gested she make a doc­u­men­tary. Filmed over four years, also work­ing closely with Elias Maalouf, the doc­u­men­tary fo­cuses on the sta­tus of Le­banon’s moun­tain and coastal line, tak­ing in the re­main­ing sta­tions and rails and in­ter­view­ing peo­ple she found nearby, many who had a deep emo­tional at­tach­ment to the rail­way.

“I think the Le­banese have a right to the re­turn of the rail­way with no bor­ders, cross­ing all vil­lages and cities,” Had­dad says. “The Syn­di­cate calls the rail­way the ‘veins of Le­banon.’ It used to connect and unify the en­tire coun­try. We need to get back to the trains and pre­serve what re­mains of the coun­try’s her­itage.”

Rayak Sta­tion

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