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A Maid for Each

A Maid for Each

Domestic work is a real market in Lebanon, segmented according to the national and ethnic origins of the workers and in which the Lebanese employer is master and the worker the property. Zein owns a domestic worker agency in Beirut. He arranges for Asian and African women to work in Lebanese households and assists his clients in choosing 'mail-order' housemaids that will best suit their needs. Advertisement, justice, police are on his side. He decides to open his agency for us.

'Very cinematic... Shows in a very pragmatic, clear and elegant manner the brutality of the system, never exposing the victims... A striking film, which raises awareness of the existence of the outcasts of globalization.' - DOK.fest Munich Film Festival

'A new documentary jewel that will shake consciences and reveal the vibrant reality of a country like Lebanon.' - Filmin Magazine

'A film that is extraordinarily elegant and brave in its simplicity. The brilliant camerawork and [editing] lead us through the film with precise consistency... depicting the complex and brutal exploitation in such a way that only towards the end we believe to have understood its entire scope.' - Berlinale Film Festival

'Maher Abi Samra's disturbing documentary A MAID FOR EACH takes a cool-headed look at a Beirut agency that traffics-a charged word but a pretty accurate one-in domestic help. Watching the film feels like viewing a chilling reality through a two-way mirror... Abi Samra's artful, formalistic methodology succinctly exposes the dehumanization process.' - Variety


Main credits

Abi-Samra, Maher (film director)
Abi-Samra, Maher (screenwriter)
Dagher, Jinane (film producer)
Sadawi, Sabine (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Claire Mathon; editor, Rana Sabbagha.

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Distributor subjects

Business Ethics
Economic Sociology
Human Rights
Labor Studies
Middle East
Women's Studies


; "A Maid for Each"; Icarus Films; maids; housekeeping; domestic work; Lebanon; Beirut; human rights; ethics; mail order; housemaids; labor; women's rights;

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