I grew up in a strict Lebanese household. Although my status as the youngest child did reap the benefit of having older siblings pave the way for a somewhat less confined youth, I managed my own mischief behind the scenes.
From underage drinking at parties, to smoking before & after school, to getting a piercing, the general mayhem that comes with friends on their P’s and of course, boys, I was doing everything I was taught not to, curing the guilt of hiding things from my parents with a mantra I coined; sometimes you have to lie to live a little.
Rebelliousness is something of a right of passage in this day and age but for strict Arab households, the consequences are insurmountable…and yet, girls like me continue to take the risk. The secret stories of rebellious Arabic girls really intrigues me because I am one of them and can relate completely, so that is what my second assignment will be on.
I plan on doing this by using drawing on the similarities between the stories that two girls will tell me of their hidden lifestyles, the happy memories and the sobering reality that is their lives. The two interview subjects will be Mariam D and Ellyssa El-Moujaber–two Lebanese girls, both of different ages who I anticipate will reflect differently on their pasts based on that factor.
As an introduction, I’d like to include Arabic music because it has a narrative tone to it and an undertone of drama with upbeat moments to reflect the delicate balancing act between the happiness of living and the risk of doing so. Ambient sound will probably just be grabbed from the cafe/social area I’ll be interviewing the girls in. These ‘social sounds’ will reflect the gossipy nature of the piece with interjecting sounds to highlight key aspects of memories being retold.
In a photographic sense I’d like to take a series of photos reflecting the serious nature of the story through use of black and white gradients. I’d like to contrast this with a coloured photo depicting the elation that achieved when the risk has been taken and has paid off.
I’m a product of a strict household and have myself, had an entire side of my life that’s been hidden. This story isn’t self-serving but I feel as though my story will echo through my interviewees. It will be both informative and engaging and I look forward to it.
If you’re reading this mum and dad, disregard everything that was said about my past and assume it was a referential narrative 😉