Diaries of a Flying Dog

Dokus
Independent
| 75
Arabic
| English (United States)

This is both a documentary and an attempt at self-therapy for Lebanese director Bassem Fayad and his dog 'Zen'. Both, as well as Fayad's mother, suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. The film deals with the use of fear in Lebanese society in educating children, as well as the omnipresence of the (continuous) civil war. By following the director's efforts to reappraise his family history and deal with his fears and phobias and those of his dog, the film reveals a society that systematically adopts fear as an educational approach and produces generations that are forever preparing for war. "Ironically, humorously and relentlessly, Bassem Fayad succeeds in creating a grippingly analytical self-portrait - very specific and universal at the same time." (Julia Teichmann - DOKFest Munich)