The Rifle The Jackal The Wolf And The Boy
Director : OUALID MOUANESS
Country : Lebanon
Year : 2016
This film is a parable. It is a minimalist story set in a microcosm representative of contemporary middle-class rural Lebanon. I wanted to create a narrative that transcends across cultures and countries: one that addresses the personal and the political. It is inherently about the family, familial and fraternal trust, ethics, and upbringing in the context of a larger world that's existentially threatened by ISIS. My aim was to make something that takes its cue from classic children's stories and that conjures the dimensionality inherent in the construct of morality tales. The idea of this film sprung from the need to express the unsettling uncertainty that we as Lebanese, and many people across the Middle East and the world have felt in recent years: The notion that the world can spiral into uncontrollable violence as a result of one rash decision. I wrote this film shortly after ISIS' attempted infiltrations into Lebanon. Their flagrant parading of violence had struck a palpable fear in our people unlike any we had felt before.
Oualid Mouaness is an independent Lebanese-American writer, director and producer. He completed his undergraduate studies in Lebanon and then received an MFA in film from Florida State University. He had his start as a script reader followed by a brief stint in the finance department at Fox Kids Network before leaving to edit and co-produce Mari Kornhauser's 'Kitchen Privileges' (SXSW 2000). Shortly after that, he headed Windmill Lane Productions, a commercial and music video production company. In 2004, he took on the critically acclaimed documentary 'Rize' (Sundance 2005) directed by David LaChapelle, and followed it by 'Paris Not France' (TIFF 2008). Alongside producing documentaries and films, Mouaness produced seminal music videos for artists including Taylor Swift, Katie Perry, Justin Timberlake and Lana Del Rey, and David Bowie.