Frayed Roots

  • Relative States
  • 12min
  • Narrative Short
  • World Premiere
  • 2019

When her father passes, Raya, a free-spirited expat, returns to Lebanon for the first time in a decade. Before attending his burial, she must confront the family matriarch, Aunt Wafaa. As she challenges the rituals of grieving, Raya finds herself on the outskirts of a world she once called home.

Nay Tabbara is a Lebanese Filmmaker based in New York. Before pursuing her MFA in Filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2017, Nay worked extensively as an Assistant Director in Lebanon on several award-winning feature films - most notably Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult (2018 Academy Award nominee).


Nay Tabbara


Nay Tabbara

Executive Producer

Rajaa Makki

Executive Producer

Ezzat Tabbara

Executive Producer

Abdallah Hitti


Ghiwa El Haiby


Maria Lavelle


Nay Tabbara

Director of Photography

Alfonso Herrera Salcedo


Nay Tabbara

Sound Designer

Gibran Yusuf


Alex Wakim

Production Designer

Daniel Choueiry


English, Lebanese Arabic