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“…a portrait of isolation, and also the sense of a connection that’s more intense than plain-old camaraderie” – New York Times
“Meditative Lebanese drama ‘Martyr’ bathes in the grace of grief and loss” – LA Times
For Hassane, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization. In an effort to shake off the pressures of a desperate family situation, Hassane loses himself in the azure waters of his favourite swimming spot in Beirut.
But despite innocent intentions, Hassane’s actions result in a tsunami of grief and powerlessness that engulfs his friends, family and the community around him, changing their lives forever.
Heralding an exciting new voice in Lebanese cinema, Martyr is a heartfelt farewell to the beauty and sensuality of youth.
Dir: Mazen Khaled
Cast: Hamza Mekdad, Carol Abboud
Lebanon/Italy 2017, 1hr 24mins
BBFC certification: 18