Lebanon has an estimated population of four and a half million, and about 200 000 foreign workers. These people, mainly women from Asia and Africa, work under unworthy conditions in Lebanese homes. The system, with resemblance to slavery, pervades the society as a whole and has been implemented in the country for a long time. The women that are imported to the country, and are in reality treated as products, have nothing to say from the time they arrive to the family who has paid good money for them. Director Maher Abi Samra uses a stationary camera that functions as a fly on the wall at one of the bureaus, El Raed, organizing the service.

The servants in search of a better future are invisible in Samras documentary, which mainly focuses on administrative aspects. We are introduced to the owner, Zein, who gives us his view on the challenges he meets on a daily basis.

This text is from the Films from the South Festival, where the film had its Scandinavian Premiere.

"The disturbingly caste-like treatment of foreign domestic workers in Lebanon is dissected with artful formalism in Maher Abi Samra’s sophomore documentary."

"A stark expose of shocking attitudes towards maids in the Middle East"
-The National

Original title Makhdoumin

Country Libanon

Year 2015

Director Maher Abi Samra

Producer Sabine Sidawi

Production Company Orjouane Productions

Norwegian co-producer Ida Ven Bruusgaard

Norwegian co-production company Medieoperatørene

Runtime 1h 17m

Language Arabisk

Links IMDb