Dolly is nearing her 15th birthday. She’s funny, mischievous and passionate about dancing, but she wasn’t always like this. Her life had been forced down a much darker path, when at the age of 12 she was attacked with acid. Her face and parts of her body were permanently scarred. She thought that she would spend the rest of her life at her family home and behind a veil, too ashamed to show her face in public. Her mother reached out to a small cafe called ‘Sheroes Hangout’, which is run by other acid attack survivors. With their help and guidance, Dolly has found the energy and determination to enjoy her life again, and the courage to chase her dreams.
Originally from Lebanon, Charbel grew up in London and later lived in Barcelona where he studied Film Production. Before leaving Spain, he wrote and directed his first feature film Dancing Dogs in 2012, which premiered at the prestigious Sitges Fantastic Film Festival. His journey continued in Tokyo, where he turned his attention to documentary, making his first short non-fiction Jibiki for Suzuki-Kun which is in it’s final stages of post production. Dancing With Dolly is the major project he undertook after that.