Everyday Is a Holiday (Chaque jour est un fête)

A striking film debut about three women on their way to visit their husbands in prison. Lebanese filmmaker El-Horr was hailed as a major new voice from the Middle East with this convincing mix of political activism and grim absurdism. She belongs to a new generation of Arabic female filmmakers who have recently gained prominence.

A stunning opening scene immediately sets the tone for Dima El-Horr’s carefully composed first feature film debut which is full of absurd moments and symbolic meanings. Three women with very different motives are on a bus from Beirut to visit their jailed husbands on Independence Day. The bus is stopped short by an errant bullet and the women have to find their own way to prison in the sweltering sun, through mountains charged with mines, muted explosions, crowds of refugees, and rumours of bloodbaths. Their perilous journey becomes an inner journey towards liberation, and at the same time a journey to the heart of the country, where the personal and political become blurred.

Dima El-Horr was born in Lebanon and studied film at the Art Institute in Chicago. In addition to directing films, she teaches film classes at the American University in Lebanon.