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Gate #5
Simon El Habre

Born in Beirut in 1975, Simon El Habre obtained his Diploma in Audiovisual Directing from ALBA in 1998 and graduated from Femis (Paris) in Film and Video Editing in 2000. Since 2001, he has been teaching video and visual expression as well as film and video editing. He is also a member of the cultural association for the development of Arab cinema, Beirut DC. Simon El Habre has built a strong reputation in Lebanon and the Middle East as an editor. In 2008, he wrote, produced and directed a full-length documentary, “The One Man Village” that was highly acclaimed by festivals, press and audiences internationally.

Country of Origin: Lebanon/UAE/Canada/Germany
2011/Arabic/English subtitles/84 mins
Gate #5 is a journey through time and space. It retraces the life story of Najm and other Lebanese truck drivers, from the late 1960s until today; a path marked by rural/urban migration, civil war and changes in the economic system. Najm traded his truck for a taxicab. His companions never left the port although they struggle to make ends meet.
About Productions
Since 1998, Abbout Productions has managed to bring together an important network of Arab and Lebanese artists, including directors (Carlos Chahine, Simon El Habre, Ahmad Ghossein, Joana Hadjithomas, Mahmoud Hojeij, Khalil Joreige, Michel Kammoun, Elie Khalifeh, Georges Hachem, Mohamad Malas, Nadim Mishlawi, Ghassan Salhab, Hany Tamba), actors (Takla Chamoun, Julia Kassar, Nadine Labaki, Rabih Mroué), musicians (Khaled Mouzannar, Zeid Hamdan, Scrambled Eggs, Soap Kills), as well as film industry professionals who are active on the cultural scene in Beirut and European and Arab capitals. The company has also enabled emerging talents to work with leading industry figures. s
Director: Simon El Habre
Producer: Georges Schoucair
Production Company: Abbout Productions
Co-Producer: Paul Scherzer & Irit Neidhardt
Cinematographer: Bassem Fayad
Composer: Cynthia Zaven
Editor: Carine Doumit
Color grading & Online: VTR Beirut
Dubai International Film Festival (In competition), UAE, 2011
Les Ecrans du Réel, Lebanon, 2012
Arab Film Festival, Tuebingen, Germany, 2012
Monaco Charity Film Festival, Monaco, 2012
Edinburgh International Film Festival (New Perspectives Section), UK, 2012
Visions du réel - Focus Lebanon - Nyon, Switzerland 2013
Lebanese Film Festival - Sydney, Australia 2013
Theatrical Releases
Metropolis Cinemas Beirut Lebanon, May 2012
Germany, 9 October 2012
DVD release by MC Distribution