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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

I AM DOCU



Marcedes

Hady ZACCAK

  • Lebanon
  • 2011
  • 68min
  • DigiBeta
  • color

Synopsis

This is the biography of the Mercedes Ponton the 180 model (1953-1962) which became a pop icon of the prewar Lebanon and witnessed the transformations on the Lebanese scene. This is the History of Lebanon seen through automobiles labeled locally: ‘Marcedes’. Marcedes is the story of a car, the story of a family, the story of a country. Since he began making documentaries, Hady Zaccak has tried to make films that dissect the fabric of Lebanese society. His latest documentary Marcedes approaches modern Lebanese history from a new perspective. Through Mercedes cars, Zaccak takes us on a journey across Lebanon’s history from the 50s until today. He stops at many important historical junctures, including the civil war. We find the Mercedes car at checkpoints and frontlines, it was even detonated and boobytrapped. Zaccak did not forget the massacre perpetrated against many Mercedes family members near St. George Hotel on 14 February 2005, when former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated. Marcedes is a journey that resumes from a new angle the last 5 decades in the Lebanese history while mixing all kinds of formats, working on the archives and adding the fictional touch and interpretation to the documentary.

Review

Director

  • Hady ZACCAK

    Hady Zaccak is a Lebanese Filmmaker and a professor at IESAV film school in Beirut. He has a Masters degree in cinema studies and film directing from IESAV. Since 1997, he wrote and directed more than 20 documentaries, which have been broadcasted by several TV stations in Lebanon, the Arab world and Europe and selected/awarded in several film festivals worldwide.  Marcedes (2011) A History Lesson (2009) Sunni Echoes from Lebanon (2008) The Oil Spill in Lebanon (2007) Refugees for life (2006)Credits​ 

Credit

  • ProducerMarwan TARRAF, Hady ZACCAK
  • Screenwriter Hady ZACCAK
  • Cinematography Muriel ABOULROUSS
  • Editor Elias SHAHEEN, Vartan AVAKIAN
  • Sound Mouhab SHANESAZ

Production Company / Distributor / Sales

Production Company  Darkside Film and TV Productions, Zac Films 

Distributor/Sales  Darkside Film and TV Productions

Address  Bayliner Center, 10th floor, Michel Chiha St. Beirut, Lebanon

Tel  961 1 750279

​E-mail  info@hadyzaccak.com​