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100 Years of Greater Lebanon

Charlotte Haddad Farhat

A story of a woman, Charlotte Haddad Farhat, who flees the war-torn country of Lebanon with her three children. They go by boat to Cyprus and by plane to France, where they eventually settle after months of struggling to find education and work. After her children grow up, Charlotte returns to Lebanon, where she connects with an old friend to give back to the country of her birth.

Note: This story is narrated in Arabic. For English subtitles select the "CC" button on the video player.

Commentary & Analysis

In the video below, Preeti talks about her process and her creative choices as she developed her interpretation of this story.

Meet our Collaborators

Wajdi Abou Diab

Composer / Performer (Lebanon)

Born in Lebanon in 1991, Wajdi graduated from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music with a degree in piano (2014) and subsequently a further degree in Music Composition and Electronic Music (2016). He is currently continuing his studies in piano and bassoon performance in the same conservatory where he also teaches piano, harmony and music theory.

Wajdi’s music draws inspiration from the Arabic Mashriq musical tradition: in a modern language he seeks to reflect the contradictions of the modern world, and the beauty and brutality within it.

Click here to see videos from Wajdi describing his process for creating music for the stories.

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Amy Chiniara

Illustrator (Lebanon)


After graduating with an MA in illustration and comics from ALBA, Lebanon, Amy has been working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator since 2015.


Amy's work includes posters, publications, comics and editorial illustrations. In September 2019, she had a small, solo illustration exhibition in Beirut entitled “Sahr A’a Sard Khbar”, mixing Arabic letterforms with illustration to highlight some of region’s contemporary musicians.

Content & Sponsor Partner

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The Alwan Project has been developed and supported by the Adyan Foundation, whose mission is to promote diversity, solidarity and human dignity in Lebanon.

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