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A humorous and absurd love story about an Ethiopian maid and a Syrian refugee in Beirut, who try to stick together to create a better life.

Ahmed, a Syrian refugee, and Mehdia, an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker, are living an impossible love of stolen kisses on street corners. While Mehdia tries to free herself from her employers, Ahmed struggles to survive by selling scrap metal, while affected by a mysterious disease. The two lovers may have no future, but they also have nothing to lose. One day, they seize their chance and flee Beirut, in a desperate attempt to start over elsewhere, as Ahmed’s physical condition starts to gets worse.

«Star-crossed lovers confront mounting obstacles to their happiness in Wissam Charaf’s slight but intermittently charming Dirty Difficult Dangerous.» - Screen International


Wissam Charaf is a Lebanese/French director, cameraman and editor. In 1998, he began to work with the French/German channel ARTE, as a news cameraman, editor and journalist, covering major political hotspots. He has directed six shorts: Hizz Ya Wizz, A Hero Never Dies, An Army of Ants, After, Unforgettable Memory of a Friend, and Don’t Panic as well as the documentary It’s All in Lebanon. His first feature film, Heaven Sent, premiered at the ACID section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Dirty Difficult Dangerous is his second feature film.

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Original title حديد، نحاس، بطّاريات

Country France, Lebanon, Italy, Qatar

Year 2022

Director Wissam Charaf

Screenplay Wissam Charaf, Hala Dabaji, Mariette Désert

Cinematography Martin Rit

Producer Charlotte Vincent, Katia Khazak

Cast Clara Couturet, Ziad Jallad, Rifaat Tarabey, Darina Al Joundi

Runtime 1h 23m

Language Arabic, English

Subtitles English

Genre Drama, Romantikk

Format DCP

Age limit 12

Links IMDb

This film is in competition for the Audience Award.

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