A unique film by Katia Saleh, Ashura Blood & Beauty is a contemporary look at the biggest Shia ceremony in South Lebanon. The 1300-year-old Ashura Muslim ritual is considered today as the only social venue for the young boys and girls of South Lebanon.
On this Ashura day, the Shia Muslims around the world commemorate the tragic death of their holiest Imam, Hussein. But amid the passion of Imam Hussein’s martyrdom – there is a romance of a new generation. And the mix of modernity and tradition in Lebanon has made Ashura a platform for young people to meet each other.
The film reveals an unseen side to Ashura – a side that is not just spectacle and bloodshed, but rather ambiguous and truly compelling.
Directer / Producer: Katia Saleh
Editor: Taimur Khan
Exec Producers: Phil Cox & Leon Nobrain
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