About this film

Where do we draw the line between love and devotion? An intimate and haunting portrayal of a quest for love and acceptance at any cost, “Q” depicts the insidious influence of a secretive matriarchal religious order in Lebanon on three generations of women in the Chehab family. Filmmaker Jude Chehab potently documents the unspoken ties and consequences of loyalty that have bonded her mother, grandmother, and herself to the mysterious organization. A masterful portrait of the toll that decades of unrequited love, lost hope, abuse, and despair takes on a person, “Q” is a multigenerational tale of the eternal search for meaning. A love story of a different kind, this documentary delicately portrays the complexities of unseen power that intermesh the lives of those who love a woman whose heart is in the hands of someone else. Michigan premiere.

This film is part of the Asian American Pacific Islander Film Series, produced in collaboration with American Citizens for Justice, with support from Rising Voices and funding from the Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. 

The AAPI series was curated by Razi Jafri, a Detroit-based documentary filmmaker.


8 p.m. Sat., April 13, Detroit Historical Museum

Not available virtually 


Jude Chehab

Jude Chehab,
Fahd Ahmed


Jude Chehab

Fahd Ahmed

William Ryan Fritch,
Paul Jebanasam

Executive producer:

Running time:
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country of origin:


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Festival history:
Tribeca Film Festival, Sheffield DocFest, DokuFest, Camden International Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival, Heartland International Film Festival, Hot Springs International Film Festival, One World Human Rights Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Award history:
Albert Maysles Award (Best New Documentary Director), Tribeca. Best International First Feature, Sheffield DocFest. Grand Jury Award, New Orleans