Featuring 18 world-renowned filmmakers, Netflix‘s newest series features a collection of short films that intend to capture life in quarantine. Titled Homemade, the anthology is centered around the phenomenon of self-isolation and doubles as a celebration of innovative filmmaking and the unrelenting power of creativity. While juxtaposed against the backdrop of an ongoing global pandemic, Homemade tells a wide array of stories, from intrigue to joy; humor to suffering. Among the filmmakers included are Lebanese actress and filmmaker, Nadine Labaki and her husband and music composer, Khaled Mouzanara, whose short films Caramel and Capernaum will be debuting on the streaming platform.
Representing the region, Labaki and Mouzanara’s Beirut-based project will be showcased in conjunction with films by Kristen Stewart from Los Angeles, Sebastian Schipper from Berlin, David Mackenzie from Glasgow and others. Noting that their interest behind getting involved was oriented around their family, Labaki speaks of the torment she and husband Khaled experienced when thinking about how their children were coping with confinement. “When the producers of Homemade contacted us to be part of this project, it was the perfect occasion for us to explore this dimension,” she says. With no budget or access to professional equipment, Labaki along with her fellow filmmakers had to explore creativity through an unprecedented lens of innovation.
Produced by The Apartment Pictures and Fabula, the series is a unique foray into storytelling without all the usual frills of filmmaking. “It’s quite democratic,” says Fabula’s CEO Juan de Dios Larraín. “This is not about resources, this is about the craft of filmmaking.” Further speaking to the importance of using creativity to stay connected, Director of Original Films at Netflix, Teresa Moneo says “seeing the stories of others can open hearts and minds and make us all feel more connected. This is why, in these unprecedented times, we are humbled to work with this incredible ensemble of diverse filmmakers and to bring their personal stories to our members around the world.” Homemade be available to audiences globally on June 30.