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    Serhal has been catching snakes ever since he was 16 years old. He is now?

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    In reel 1, I began by showing Serhal getting some of his snakes from the snake pit he owns near his house. Then he headed some of them to his daughters and they all began playing with them and turning them around their necks. Two of the snakes were in a fight biting each other as you can see. Serhal says that no one should be afraid of snakes in general because they are only aggressive when you try to hurt them. Then in the second reel 1 showed more about the snakes and then the Muktar giving him the cup as Serhal was standing with his daughters and wife. A panning to the right showed his wife and his father and mother. Kids were very happy with the occasion and they applauded. The village of Serhal is called BTERRAM. It is in North Lebanon. This village is the birth place of our world famous minister of foreign affairs Dr. Charles Malik. I shot a view of the village and at the end a written slogan that dates back to June when the district was electing its Parliament member, who ultimately came out to be Charles Malik. It says "We want Charles Malik the philosopher and diplomat who shook the world."


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    Background: Serhal has been catching snakes ever since he was 16 years old. He is now 41, so he counts about 25 years in this unique business. The Muktar (sort of Mayor) of the village wanted to honour him for his silver jubilee, so he offered him a silver cup and thanked him for his services in this field. Serhal has saved many a life during his career. Any one in the whole area who sees a snake in his house or property, makes an urgent call for Serhal who runs to the site and attracts the snake through the help of one of his snakes, then he catches it and keeps it. He too has got a very effective way in treating snake bites. Serhal has got three girls and one boy, a wife and a father and a mother living. He has taught his young daughters to hold snakes and play with them without fear. His youngest is 5 years old and she too is fearless of them.

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