USA / Lebanon
93 MIN

Where do we draw the line between love and devotion? An intimate and haunting portrayal of a quest for love and acceptance at any cost, Q depicts the insidious influence of a secretive matriarchal religious order in Lebanon on three generations of women in the Chehab family.

First-time filmmaker Jude Chehab potently documents the unspoken ties and consequences of loyalty that have bonded her mother, grandmother, and herself to the mysterious organization. A masterful portrait of the toll that decades of unrequited love, lost hope, abuse, and despair takes on a person, Q is a multigenerational tale of the eternal search for meaning. A love story of a different kind, this documentary delicately portrays the complexities of unseen power that intermesh the lives of those who love a woman whose heart is in the hands of someone else.

Cast & Crew
Producer(s): Jude Chehab
Director: Jude Chehab
Script: Jude Chehab
Director of Photography: Jude Chehab
Music by: William Ryan Fritch
Sound: Tom Drew
Edit: Fahd Ahmed
Cast: Hiba Khodr, Ziad Chehab, Doria Mouneimn

Jude Chehab
Jude Chehab is a Lebanese-American filmmaker based between New York and Beirut. Her cinematic interests have drawn Jude to the exploration of the esoteric, the spiritual and the unspoken. A richly layered visual and intimate personal shooting style developed under the mentorship of Abbas Kiarostami’s final student group. Jude has been credited in collaborations with the BBC, Hot Docs, and Doctors without Borders. She has worked as a DP internationally, on films in Somalia, Sudan and Pakistan and was an AP on Sesame Street’s Ahlan Simsim. Jude Cheհab’s first feature documentary has been supported by: IDA, ITVS, TFI, and Sundance. In 2021, Filmmaker Magazine named her one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

Behind the Tents (short, 2011), I’m Here (short, 2011), Q (2023)