Q (ق)
Directed by Jude Chehab
(Lebanon, US, 2023, 91min.)
Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 PM
Rice Cinema, Sewall Hall, 301
Film trailer: link
Artist website: JudeChehab.com
Video created by Mark Munyi


Presented by the Department of Art with support from the Department of Art History, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Moody Center for the Arts, and in collaboration with the Center for African and African American Studies.

An intimate and haunting portrayal of a quest for forgiveness and acceptance at any cost, secretive matriarchal religious order in Lebanon on the three generations of women in the Chebab family. Filmmaker Jude Chebab potently documents the unspoken ties and consequences of loyalty that have bonded her mother, grandmother, and herself to the mysterious organization. A masterful portrait of the toll that decades of unrequited love, lost hope, abuse, and despair takes on a person, ‘Q’ is a multigenerational tale of the eternal search for meaning. A love story of a different kind, the complexities of unseen power intermesh the lives of those who love a woman whose heart is in the hands of someone else.

Director/ Producer
Jude Chehab is a Lebanese-American filmmaker whose cinematic interests have drawn her to the exploration of the esoteric, the spiritual and the unspoken. A richly layered visual and intimate personal shooting style developed under the mentorship of Abbas Kiarostami’s final student group; Jude has been credited in collaborations with the BBC, Hot Docs, Refinery29, and Oxfam. She has worked as a DP internationally, on films in Somalia, Sudan and Pakistan and was an AP on Sesame Street’s show, Ahlan Simsim, for Syrian refugees. Her work has been awarded fellowships through: CAAM, BGDM, Points North Institute, Firelight Media and Chicken & Egg. Jude’s first feature documentary, Q, was named one of the best documentaries of 2023 by Vogue Magazine. It was supported by: IDA, ITVS, TFI, and the Sundance Institute and won the Albert Maysles award for Best New Documentary Director at Tribeca and the Grand Jury Award for Best First Feature at Sheffield DocFest. She is part of DOCNYC’s ’40 under 40’ list and Filmmaker Magazine named her one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

Portrait of filmmaker Jude Chehab

Film 'Q' promotional poster


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