November 16, 2005
Preview: Eliza Haddad, Lebanese-Canadian
Film Producer, Sheds Light on the Children of Iraq
I am discovering interesting people all around me. Eliza Haddad
has been a client of my full-time
business for a while now and I knew that she was involved in
the film industry. During a recent work-related project I had a
chance to see her film the "Lost Innocents", a intensely
moving documentary about two children that have become bombing victims
in the Iraq War.
Eliza is a freelance producer of film and television documentaries
and drama. With eleven years experience, she was 2nd unit producer
on the Alliance Atlantis Feature film "The Five Senses",
has produced two dance films with Bravo Television and several documentaries
with Vision TV and OMNI TV. Eliza’s interest is strongest
in the realm of social and historical documentaries that leave huge
emotional impressions on an audience. She has been a jury member
for the HOT DOCS Film Festival, the Geminis and the Genies. She
is currently in development on a feature-length theatrical release
documentary and is preparing a drama series concept for development.
In addition, she is a course instructor for emerging producers in
documentaries for several artist-run centres.
"Lost Innocents: The Children of War" is a documentary
that is very personal and close to her heart. A Lebanese Canadian,
Eliza grew up during the war in Lebanon. For the past two years,
she has wanted to make a documentary on the children of Iraq and
how her experiences during the war might bring her closer to understanding
these children and future that awaits them. “Lost Innocents”
is a documentary that she is very proud of and one that has brought
two very special Iraqi children into her life and her heart.