For Hassane, a young man from an impoverished neighbourhood, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization. In an effort to shake off the pressures of an increasingly desperate family situation, Hassane decides to lose himself in the azure waters of his favourite swimming spot on Beirut’s rocky shore. However, despite innocent intentions, Hassane’s actions result in a tsunami of grief and powerlessness that engulfs his friends, family and the community around him, changing their lives forever.
Heralding an exciting new voice in Lebanese cinema, ‘Martyr’ is a heartfelt farewell to the beauty and sensuality of life, youth, friendship, and love.