A movie that very effectively articulates the complicated processes of modernity and its influence on working-class Lebanese communities. Members of these towns wrestle with their connection to the land, and the demands of a globalised world. Too poor to stay put, not wealthy enough to successfully emigrate. For those that do head to the Americas, capitalistic economies are awaiting their undocumented, insecure labour, they thrive on this exploitation.
The city-based centralization of wealth and commerce leaves rural Lebanese communities in a vulnerable state. This vulnerability only makes emigration more attractive. Nasser contrasts two sons, one wishing to emigrate, the other firmly committed to his town. I think the gorgeous shots of the landscape, the beauty of cultural practices and the altruism of the local make this film lean towards the latter brother. In a way, it is a nationalistic film, though it shouldn't be reduced to this theme.