Anxious in Beirut (2023)


In the ever-present desire to capture, record, and understand Beirut, and by extension himself, Zakaria has been trying to give a coherent story to his city.

“Anxious in Beirut” is a personal diary that documents the events of the last two years in Lebanon (revolution, post-war, explosions, demonstrations…). Living with constant anxiety, Zakaria, the film’s young director, narrates his own life, while trying, on numerous occasions, to leave his country.


Anxious in Beirut wins Top Doc in Shanghai, 19.6.2023, Business Doc Europe

Zakaria Jaber, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, Spain, 2023, 93´ & 52 (in production)
Broadcasters & distribution
Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Balkan; Catalonia: SODEPAU, Educational: ADAV
Festivals, theatrical, special screenings: Global; TV + VOD: World except of Arabic, English, Turkish and Balkans
National premiere - Ecrans du Reel Beirut Lebanon, International Premiere - Shanghai Film Festival Documentary Competition, North American premiere - Maine IFF, Amman IFF
Golden Goblet prize in the documentary competition of Shanghai Film Festival, Special Mention for First-time Editor in the Arab Feature-Length Documentary Competition at Amman IFF, Per So Perugia - Audience Award, Lugano HRFF - Amnesty International Award, Jury Prize - Mostra de Cinema Arab de Catalunia

Zakaria Jaber (1994) is a film director, editor and writer. He is self-taught with multiple layers of experiences in the fields of journalism, filmmaking and video editing. In 2018 he managed to produce and direct his first short film independently after years of work in TV production and reporting with various prestigious news outlets in the middle east. In 2019, he took a step forward in “Anxious in Beirut” his first feature documentary and spent three years documenting the lives of his friends, family and the events that happened between the revolution in 2019 reaching the total economic and social collapse in 2022. In 2022 he founded his writing company “Outcast Stories”.