There’s something about the opening scene to Nadine Labaki’s 2011 film, Where Do We Go Now? that is so haunting. A couple of dozen women shrouded in dust and black cloth stomp their feet to the poetic recitation of lead character Amale (Labaki). It’s militaristic the way that their synchronized motion is greeted by clouds of sand and the echoey drum of their footsteps. This sequence sets Labaki’s film up like a Beyonce ‘Lemonade’ music video — its ghostly, dramatic, kind of terrifying, and definitely intimidating.

Director, actress and writer Nadine Labaki plays the lead role of Amale in this…

Trin Moody

Second-year Screenwriter at the University of New Mexico. Writer for Incluvie.

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