Mohammad is a crane operator working in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and notoriously most dangerous cranes in Lebanon. Away from everyone’s eyes, he is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom.

Director: Dania Bdeir
Lebanon/France, 2021
15:42 min | trailer
nominiert für Best New Horizon Short Film 20MINMAX 2022

Dania Bdeir is a Lebanese-Canadian award-winning writer & director with an intense love/hate relationship with Lebanon which she finds to be her biggest heartache and sincerest inspiration.

Dania, currently a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, has a BA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut and an MFA in directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received a full scholarship in her third year.

Her pre-thesis film "Meshkal" (English title: Kaleidoscope), has traveled to film festivals in France, Morocco, Pakistan, Mexico, Czeck Republic, India and many more. It has won a few notable awards including Award of Excellence at the 2014 Canada International film festival and Golden Palm at the 2014 Mexico International Film Festival.

Her thesis film, “In White”, which received the Spike Lee Production Fund, had its world premiere at the renowned Clermont Ferrand film festival and went on to screen at the BFI London Film Festival, Uppsala International short film festival and more than 30 film festivals worldwide.
It has won a dozen awards including the International Grand Prize at the Rio de Janeiro International short film festival thus making it eligible for the 2019 Academy Awards in the short live-action category.

In 2019, Dania was selected as a Berlinale Talent and participated in its Short Film Station with her short film “Warsha”.
Warsha is a co-production between Inter Spinas Films (France), GoGoGo Films (France) and Né à Beyrouth Films (Lebanon).
The film has secured a pre-purchase broadcast deal with renowned European TV channel ARTE and as been supported by the CNC, the région Grand Est, the région Sud, the Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence, the Sacem and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

Dania is currently based in Dubai and is developing her first feature film “Pigeon Wars” which was selected for the 2018-2019 Torino Film Lab x DFI Hezaya Screenwriting lab. Pigeon Wars was also selected for the 2021 Cine Qua Non Storylines lab and the 2021 Nostos Screenwriting Retreat.

Dania Bdeir, Director of Warsha (2021)




    The diligent soldier Mr. Pete does everything to meet the high standarts of his baroness. To satisfy her insatiable lust for speed he shovels madly on her new iron horse`s voyage....


    When Eli tries to escape the narrowness and agitation of the city, she keeps being confronted with aggression....


    A short experimental film tells a prayer that is addressed to heaven. Airplanes are an association of prayers that travel to heaven. All the seeing eye of God looks at us from heaven. Our souls want into the spiritual world but are still attached to the material, the earth. At the end of the film, an association of souls appears in the form of white and red lights traveling in different directions. A whispering prayer is heard in the background of the film....


    In the midst of the Covid19 pandemic, Steeve Day has been suffering from ALS for 8 years and decides to call for assistance in dying. At the same time, visits to hospitals are suspended. Steeve then decides to rent a hotel room to spend his last days and receive his loved ones. This is the starting point of the film....


    This dance short film brings three sensual and brutal duets to the screen. Three stories overlap to tell the memory; what remains of the nostalgic feelings of their union. The choreographies sublimate the cracks that human experience generates and which settle in us like so many emotional vestiges. ...


    A crane operator in Beirut volunteers to cover a shift on one of the most dangerous cranes, where he is able to find his freedom....


    Fifteen-year-old Robin and her best friend Merel share everything and are inseparable. Except for Robin's budding sexuality and curiosity. Robin is ashamed of this and keeps it anxiously hidden....


    Will there ever come a time when no new ideas are left to invent?...