Are You Glad I’m Here
A Lebanese woman and an American girl working abroad become friends and accidental partners-in-crime in a story that explores the nature of happiness and self-actualization through the perceptive, multicultural lens of Lebanese-American filmmaker Noor Gharzeddine, a Bard College graduate. Nadine is a resilient housewife, wise and fiery–although years of taking care of a husband sinking into alcoholism have crushed her joie de vivre. Kirsten is a quirky, self-assured post-grad who has recently relocated to Beirut to teach English. As their friendship deepens, Nadine recovers her vivacity and Kirsten has her naive understanding of the world challenged. One day Kirsten finds Nadine badly beaten, and Kirsten refuses to leave her alone with her husband, Pierre. Tensions rise until Nadine is pushed to the point of no return, lashing out in a violent way that both she and Kirsten will spend the rest of the film—and likely the rest of their lives—reckoning with.
Director Noor Gharzeddine, lead actress Tess Harrison, screenwriter Samuel Anderson and editor Alix Diaconis to be in attendance for screenings!
- year 2018
- rating MT
- runtime 84
- director Noor Gharzeddine
- country USA/Lebanon
- Genre Drama, Female Filmmaker, Suspense/Thriller
- Programs Altered States: New Directions in American CInema