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From My Window, Without a Home...
Directed byMaryanne Zehil
Produced byMaryanne Zehil
Written byMaryanne Zehil
  • Louise Portal
  • Renée Thomas
  • Leyla Hakim
  • Walid El Alayli
  • Hélène Mercier
  • Jean-François Blanchard
  • Mariloup Wolfe
  • Catherine Colvey
  • Sébastien Ricard
Music byJean Derome
CinematographyNathalie Moliavko-Visotzky
Edited byHélène Girard
Distributed byK-Films Amérique, LBCI (Lebanon)
Release date
Canada: February 26, 2006
Lebanon: April 20, 2010
Running time
88 minutes

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From my Window, Without a Home… (2006) is a Quebec feature film produced, written and directed by Maryanne Zéhil.[1] The film tells the story of a Lebanese woman who leaves her country and family to settle in Montreal. It features Louise Portal, Renée Thomas, Leyla Hakim, Walid El Alayli, Hélène Mercier, Jean-François Blanchard, Mariloup Wolfe, Catherine Colvey and Sébastien Ricard.[2][3]


At four years old, Dounia’s mother, Sana, emigrates to Canada, leaving her daughter behind in burning and bloody Beirut, Lebanon. Seventeen years later, after the death of her father, Dounia comes to Montreal to meet a mother she no longer remembers.

Once in Montreal, Dounia quickly realizes that her mother is a stranger to her. Sana avoids talking about the past, yet she is forced to confront it, little by little. Communication between the two women is awkward, and Dounia's stay is drawing to a close. It seems impossible for Sana to return to Beirut, yet circumstances provoke it. Returning to the homeland she once fled like the plague, Sana has no choice but to face her past.[4][5][6]


  • Louise Portal as Sana
  • Renée Thomas as Dounia
  • Leyla Hakim as Teta
  • Walid Al Alayli as Akram
  • Hélène Mercier as Hoda
  • Jean-François Blanchard as Denis
  • Mariloup Wolfe as Sylvie
  • Catherine Colvey as Barbara
  • Sébastien Ricard as Pierre
  • Elias Elias as Paesant


The film premiered at the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma on 26 February 2006.[7]


  1. Pallister, Janis L.; Hottell, Ruth A. (2011). Noteworthy Francophone Women Directors: A Sequel. Lexington Books. p. 140. ISBN 978-1-61147-443-5. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. "De ma fenêtre sans maison sort en salles au Liban". Films du Québec (in français). Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  3. ICI.Radio-Canada.ca, Zone Aucun thème sélectionné-. "La grande fête du cinéma québécois est de retour!". Radio-Canada.ca (in français). Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  4. "Maryanne Zehil présente au Liban « De ma fenêtre sans maison "". L'Orient-Le Jour. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  5. Laforest, Kevin. "De ma fenêtre, sans maison… : Tout sur ma mère". Voir.ca (in français). Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  6. "De ma fenêtre, sans maison..." Réalisatrices Équitables (in français). Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  7. "The Rendez Vous unveils its 24th edition". www.filmfestivals.com. Retrieved 2021-08-17.

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