Daizy Gedeon’s love affair with Lebanon began the day she was born.
She entered the world in her mother’s village of Kousba in north Lebanon, worlds away – both physically and culturally – from her current home in Sydney.
Labour took place in the home, her mother settled in a steel tub of warm water, surrounded by local village women who aided Daizy’s arrival. Daizy’s father was working away at the time.
Her older brother and sister had arrived in much the same way, as this was the way of things in the village of Kousba.
Over the next several years, Daizy and her family moved between their apartment in the Beirut suburb of Jdeideh and their hometown of Kousba.
In the village, life was simple and serene.
Cobblestone walkways wound their way to Daizy’s grandparent’s house at the top of the village, where her grandfather, the village elder, offered advice and support to the local villagers.
Beirut though, was the chalk to Kousba’s cheese. A modern European city, buzzing with activity, surrounded by elaborate architecture, Beirut was a hive of organised chaos.
Fast-paced and fun, eclectic and engaging – a tooting horn one minute, church bells the next, the city was ever-evolving, just like the people of Lebanon.
The 60s saw Lebanon enjoy its glory days – the country was booming, the people thriving.
But it wasn’t to last. In 1968, Israeli planes violated Lebanese airspace, bombing Beirut and destroying passenger and cargo planes.
Daizy’s father was on duty at the Beirut Airport that very night. The following day, the family would make plans to leave their beloved Lebanon, and two years later, they had migrated to Sydney.
But Lebanon was never far from Daizy’s heart.
When she returned to her homeland in adulthood, Daizy fell in love all over again, and Lebanon became a driving force in her career aspirations and accomplishments.
From her time as a war correspondent in the Middle East, to the creation of her three film projects, Lebanon became a part of the very fabric of who Daizy was, and continues to be.
In this love affair, distance does indeed make the heart grow fonder.
It’s a love that will never die, and lives on through Daizy’s professional and personal endeavours.