Abby Sewell is a journalist based in Beirut, where she covers refugee and social issues, travel, politics and culture for The Daily Star newspaper and as a freelancer for a number of international publications. Previously, she was a metro reporter with the Los Angeles Times, where she was part of the team that covered municipal corruption in the cities of southeast Los Angeles County, leading to the Times' Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2011.
Frustration had already been building for years in Lebanon over widespread corruption, gridlock in government, and the country’s failing infrastructure. The “WhatsApp tax” was simply the last straw.
Before the war, the close-knit Zydia family never imagined living too far away from each other. Now, the six siblings dream about a reunion one day.
Arts, Culture & Media
The film’s name, which references a biblical village, has come to mean “chaos,” but it also carried the connotation of miracles — both of which have appeared in the young star's life.