Theatre director Zeina Daccache struggled to set up Lebanon’s first prison-based drama project* in the country’s notorious Roumieh Prison. It regularly holds nearly 3200 prisoners and has been deemed to be very overcrowded. For 15 months, 45 adult male inmates, some completely illiterate, found themselves working together to present an adaptation of the famous stage play «12 Angry Men». In the course of their artistic journey, these murderers, drug dealers and rapists reveal kindness and faith in life.
* Catharsis – Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy (LCDT) was founded in 2007. It is a non-profit organization in Lebanon which promotes and offers therapeutic actions through the use of art and theatre processes for persons and groups especially by means of Drama Therapy.
Dokumentarfilm, Zeina Daccache, LB 2009, 78 Minuten, OV/e, Catharsis – Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy