HELP! the lebanese movie that ironically needs help

Posted in Controversial, Movies by CreativeForces on March 3, 2009


HELP! a new lebanese movie directed by Mark Abi Rached, was due to open to weeks back, yet never did. After a highly acclaimed avant premiere, the state’s censorship department retracted the licence. Below you can find a detailed synopsis of the movie, which somehow relates to drugs, prostitution and homosexuality among other stories. 28 minutes of the 87 minute movie has to be cut before the licence can be given back. Interest was piqued by the fact that lead actress and who appears nude in the movie, is the daughter of a Lebanese MP.

A psychological-social drama, “Help” tells a story of choice and destiny in a Lebanese context, bringing together the lives of a prostitute, a juvenile delinquent, a wealthy businessman, and a cab driver, among others. The film also tackles homosexuality and prostitution by presenting actors in a realistic light intended to reveal the basic humanity behind these issues.

Full story and trailer can be found on and


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