Aal Sekke Ya Train (On the rail train)
Filmmaker Zeina Haddad’s documentary “Aal Sekke Ya Train,” is due for release this fall. For four years Haddad made a yearly calendar for her friends with photos she’d shot from Lebanon’s train stations and when she got in touch with RailRoad Workers Syndicate President, Bechara Assi, he suggested she make a documentary. Filmed over four years, also working closely with Elias Maalouf, the documentary focuses on the status of Lebanon’s mountain and coastal line, taking in the remaining stations and rails and interviewing people she found nearby, many who had a deep emotional attachment to the railway.
“I think the Lebanese have a right to the return of the railway with no borders, crossing all villages and cities,” Haddad says. “The Syndicate calls the railway the ‘veins of Lebanon.’ It used to connect and unify the entire country. We need to get back to the trains and preserve what remains of the country’s heritage.”