Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu

Why is the Lebanese culture so important to me


As many of you know I am the writing queen of the indie documentary film project “Growing Cedars in Air”, directed by Mark Abouzeid. Yes, you read it right, I am the writing queen! When people hear about what I do, they often ask me why did I get involved in a project about Lebanon, a country that has nothing to do with my roots or my heritage.

Take a moment and think about your childhood. Remember the stories your parents and grandparents told you about a a distant family member or family gatherings, about traditions and food, about your country’s history? They are all part of who you are; those stories have helped you become the person you are today. No matter where you are from or what country you live in, your heritage is a big part of you. Every time you interact with another human being you are passing on a piece of your culture by sharing your experiences, your stories.

I believe that the things which make us unique should unite us, not divide us. I believe that if we experience other cultures, if we take the time to listen to their stories, we will understand why each of us is different and we will become better human beings. I believe that all roots are important and exploring those roots is the key to knowledge.

That is why the Lebanese culture is so important to me; that is why any culture is important to me. Mark’s story is the story of a man who was raised without any knowledge of his roots, and for me to see and share the experience of his discovery journey was and still is a real adventure. Visiting Lebanon, meeting the people, eating their food, sharing their stories has changed me in a way I couldn’t have imagined before. I see the world differently now, I understand what living in the moment really means, I am more interested about my own past, my own roots.

For me “Growing Cedars in Air” is an impulse for all of us to explore our own heritage, learn from it and pass it on for others to understand. And it all started with an explorer, a man who was already documenting the living heritage of others, who found himself on the path of discovering his roots, his Lebanon. It has led to the short film “Finding my Lebanon: how one mans quest for roots became a feature length film.”

Many people share Mark’s vision and what was his dream has somehow become our own. If you want to join Mark on his discovery quest, help make his dream come true, or just learn more about the project, follow the link to our crowdfunding page https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/finding-my-lebanon-short-film/x/12431624#/.

Share the link with your friends and family, help us spread the word. Any share, comment or opinion is valuable. Let’s create some awareness and remind the world that our roots represent our identity.




About the author

Ela Vasilescu

I’m a writer based in Florence, Italy.

Human nature inspires me, different cultures, traditions, folk stories and the differences which make us unique. Documenting stories is a privilege, a glimpse into humanity, an unforgettable experience, one which I embrace and honour every day.

If you have a story twitching in the back of your pocket, one that is ready to be told, shared and heard, chances are I will be ready to listen; so don’t hesitate to send me an email.

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By Ela Vasilescu
Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu