Production:For Witness, Al Jazeera
Executive productors:Carlota Coloma, 15L Films
Sound:Agost Alustiza e Oriol Campi
Sound recording: Ralph Atallah
Camera assistant: Ahmad Al Trabolsi
Production assistants: Presica Chaar, Anna Asensio
In the ever-present desire to capture, record, and understand Beirut, and by extension himself, Zakaria has been trying to give a coherent story to his city.
It is through the intersectionality between the general & the personal, the public & private, the old & young, that we are able to answer: why are we anxious in Beirut?
I continued this project passionately because I was constantly witnessing strange and unpredictable incidents while documenting.
The circumstances in this film were constantly changing for all the characters involved. On a personal level, I questioned my own fate, which filled me with anxiety. What would happen to me?
Throughout the revolution, I documented it both as a journalist and as an active participant. My camera was my companion during the lockdown, financial struggles, the aftermath of the harbor explosion, and its impact on my life.
I strove to portray the daily battles that we, as Lebanese, endured to survive. This ongoing state of nervousness and living on the edge in Beirut revealed the answer to the question, 'What has happened?' and justified the pursuit of leaving the country.