Having had the unique pleasure of experiencing such an intense and fulfilling love affair with Lebanon, Daizy always intended to return to the place where it all began.
She longed to continue the important story of her homeland, but knew deep down that some time must pass before she ventured back.
It has since been two decades and Daizy is often asked by followers, fans and enthusiasts when a second film will be produced.
“As time passed and changes in the country took place, such as redevelopments, growth and revival, I became more interested in returning,” says Daizy.
“Then with the Arab Spring in 2009, followed by upheaval in the Middle East, I watched as many Arab and North African countries imploded.”
While concerned about Lebanon due to its geographic location, Daizy never felt the revolution would spread there.
“Lebanese do have their rights, freedom and autonomy so the issues impacting the other countries and causing internal upheaval were not relevant in Lebanon. But they have their own struggles and frustrations no different to any other nation.”
But the situation did result in a far more interesting story to revisit, and with almost two million Syrian refugees seeking safety in Lebanon, the story was potentially explosive.
It was time to return.
25 Years after releasing her debut film, Lebanon…Imprisoned Splendour, Daizy Gedeon once again returns to her ancestral homeland to discover that the people are disillusioned and frustrated.
Frustrated with a system that doesn’t provide even reliable basic services and infrastructure; good roads, clean water, electricity, garbage collection, jobs and more.
Frustrated that they are forced to endure a corrupt political system that supports an archaic, feudal bureaucracy that serves only big business and the traditional warlords whose stranglehold on is choking the very future these people are desperately holding on to.
Disillusioned that the dream of Lebanon that fortified them throughout nearly 17 years of Civil War, is disintegrating before their eyes.
Those who can are abandoning the country and migrating to other countries while those who can’t seem destined to continue to playout a Groundhog Day existence of perpetual suffering.
The quandary that confounds this story is why the Lebanese don’t exercise their democratic right to change that which is causing their suffering and enabling an archaic system that serves only the old guard.
With a thirst for answers and meaning to the inequality that pervades daily life in Lebanon, Daizy undertakes interviews with people from all walks of life to determine if the resilience of the people, who have overcome wars, countless invaders, occupations forces, atrocities and devastation, can sustain any more…but more significantly, if their DREAMs for a better Lebanon can lift them to overcome their greatest challenge yet.
Daizy describes the process of sharing the second part of Lebanon’s fascinating story as one of the most exhilarating experiences of her life.
“The reaction and response from people from all walks of life, and various religious backgrounds, has given me a greater sense of purpose and determination to produce a film that truly makes a difference,” she says.
“I am determined to change perceptions, beliefs, attitudes and inspire progress simply by sharing the facts and truth.”
The Dream IS Everything is due for release in 2020
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