Lebanon Ramadan series completes filming despite coronavirus lockdown measures

It's a wrap: Popular Lebanon Ramadan series completes filming despite coronavirus lockdown measures
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15 April, 2020
A Lebanese Ramadan television series successfully wrapped up filming amid an industry plagued by coronavirus-era interruptions
Lebanese drama "Awlad Adam" managed to wrap up production in time for Ramadan [Twitter]
A Lebanese Ramadan television series managed to wrap up filming just in time for the Muslim holy month, The New Arab's Arabic-language service reported on Wednesday.

Filming came as TV productions were plagued with disruptions due to the novel coronavirus, which has seen social distancing measures enacted to stop the disease's spread. 

It also comes at a lucrative time for Arab television, when Ramadan sees millions of families await special seasonal TV series.

Lebanese drama Awlad Adam ("Adam's Children") has unveiled a new poster for the show, indicating it is has managed to complete production in time for the holy month.

The pandemic has seen production companies being tied to stricter working conditions, delays and temporary shutdowns, making filming difficult to near impossible.

Sources from Eagle Films, the production company overseeing Awlad Adam, told The New Arab that the company scrambled to have scenes filmed or cut out, sometimes without consulting the writers, before the lockdown began.

Jamal Sinan, owner of Eagle Films, had earlier said it was unlikely that the three Ramadan series the company was working on at the time would be ready for screening during the holy month.

"We are committed to following the rules while we look for a specific way to continue working, like doing the job with fewer cameramen... But we don't know when this can happen," he told AFP earlier this month. "Only circumstances will decide how ready we will be."

Other production companies, such as fellow Lebanese company Cedars Art Production, were not so fortunate. The company halted filming for a number of Ramadan series including the popular drama Al-Hayba ("The Harvest") - the first season which can be found on Netflix.

Cedars Art Production was unable to complete the filming for some series after a number of Syrian actors were unable to travel to Beirut last month due to coronavirus flight restrictions, according to The New Arab's sister site.

Viewers and advertising revenues spike during the annual Ramadan fasting month, which will kick off for billions of Muslims across the world this month. After fasts are broken, it is common for families to gather around to watch soap operas.

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