Sparta Drummer Directs Film About His Life

SPARTA drummer TONY HAJJAR has directed a movie about his troubled life, insisting it is "the hardest thing" he has ever done. EMENAKIA is based on his family's flight from Lebanon during the country's long-running civil war and his mother's death from cancer - but the star admits making the film was a cathartic experience. He says, "At first the idea was just to do a film about anything. JIM (WARD, Sparta's frontman) said, 'There's no other subject that we should do a movie on.' "At first I was like, 'Wow, that's pretty odd' because I'm not the kind of person to really speak out about my life. It just worked out; it was just the perfect time for me to let it all go. "It was the hardest thing that I've ever done - mentally, physically, work-wise, in any kind of situation. For it to be complete and have people actually see it now, it's just an amazing feeling for me." EmeNakia will be available to view on


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