Lissa Aisha Jordan-Lebanon,2016,71min Directed by Asma Bseiso
This week we present another film from the IAWRT travelling festival, "Lissa Aisha", a production from Jordan and Lebanon.
The film maker, Asma Bseiso, followed Aisha from 2010 to 2014 to make this deeply moving portrait of an orphan in a society where family name and status are crucial to one's standing, and an orphan has no claims on these.
Aisha, a 27 year old psychology graduate, was abandoned by her parents at the age of a few months and raised in a series of orphanages and shelter homes. In the film, Aisha addresses parts of her childhood shelters that have left her the person she is today.
She explores abusive milestones: first being abandoned by her parents, then being abused by supervisors in the orphanage (verbal, physical, and emotional) then leaving the orphanage at the age of 18 to start getting exploited by a society that treats you as a person who deserves to be exploited and taken advantage of. This is a psychological epic, which takes us through the journey of the charismatic, funny, emotional and persistent Aisha. The film covers Aisha’s life from when she was 23 to the time she is 27 years old, with all the critical transformations that took place in her character and even her appearance. She takes bold and courageous decisions that change her life forever.
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