Teta, Alf Marra (Grandma, a Thousand Times)

"Teta, Alf Marra" (Grandma, a Thousand Times) is a poetic and playful documentary celebrating the many worlds of the director’s own feisty Beiruti grandmother. The film has travelled to over 60 festivals, winning 7 major Audience & Best Film awards and a NYTimes critics pick. It was also the first documentary qualification for the Oscars from the Arabian Gulf region.

Teta Fatima is the 83-year old matriarch of the Kaabour family and the sharp-witted queen bee of an old Beiruti quarter. The film documents her larger-than-life character and enduring love for her violinist husband (deceased 20 years) in this charming and intimate exploration of the themes of family, music, aging, and love. “Teta, Alf Marra” brings together grandfather, grandmother, and grandson in a visually breath-taking magic-realist documentary that aims to defy a past death and a future one.

Released 2010. 50 minutes.

You can find the film, the soundtrack, and share your love of Grandma through the following links: