A Syrian man and an Ethiopian woman lie in the back of a truck as it drives along a road. The woman wears a pink top and the man wears a dark blue hoodie.

About SAFAR 2024: Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous

This Refugee Week, join SAFAR Film Festival for a double bill of films centring stories of migration within the Arab world.

In Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous, director Wissam Charaf offers an intimate vision of today's Lebanese society.

Ahmed, a Syrian refugee, and Mehdia, an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker, are living an impossible love in Beirut. While Mehdia tries to free herself from her employers, Ahmed struggles to survive dealing in second-hand metal scraps, affected by a mysterious disease. The two lovers have nothing to lose. One day, they take their chance and flee Beirut in a hopeful and desperate attempt to get away.

Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous will be preceded by Morad Mostafa’s short film I Promise You Paradise (2023) about a 17-year-old migrant in Egypt who strives to beat the clock to save his loved ones.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy.

MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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