Lebanon: using theatre as therapy in prison
Prisoners have a lot to say.
How can you talk about something that’s difficult to say? How do you talk about something when no one wants to listen? Drama therapy is a combination of psychology and theatre, and Zeina Daccache uses it in prison. Zeina is an actress and clinical psychologist who studied drama therapy at Kansas University (United States). She is the founder and director of Catharsis, the first therapeutic theatre centre in Lebanon and in the Arab region. She set up the organisation in 2007 and has been going to prisons producing plays with prisoners ever since.
She produced three documentaries about the projects conducted in two different facilities. Her first film, Twelve Angry Lebanese (2009), was filmed in the men’s prison in Roumieh. Her second, Scheherazade’s Diary (2013), follows women in Baabda prison. The Blue Inmates (2021), filmed in Roumieh, shows the treatment of prisoners with mental health problems.
Zeina Daccache opens the floodgates of unspoken words Important words that have a very real impact on prisoners. Now we will let her speak.