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archives 2019 cinema

Rana Eid’s Panoptic: Acoustic Echoes and Resonant Soundscapes 

“Eid’s personal plight, composed as an epistolary address to her deceased father, is entangled with more general symptoms of public paralysis,” writes Saadi Nikro

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archives 2018 cinema

Sleepless Nights: Confessing Without The Confession

“We hear many of these stories in the documentary, stories that exemplify Lebanon’s extraordinary tendency to defy whatever would seem to be in its own self-interest”

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archives 2018 cinema

The New Battles of Lebanese Cinema

“Clichés have thick skin. During a projection of my short film last year in Brussels, a woman came to me to tell me that she likes my film but that there wasn’t ‘enough war'”.

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archives 2018 cinema

In Conversation with Mounia Akl, Director of ‘Submarine’

In conversation with the director of ‘Submarine’ (2016), Mounia Akl

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archives 2018 cinema

In Conversation with Ely Dagher, Director of ‘Waves ’98’

In conversation with the Palme D’Or-winning director of ‘Waves ’98’, Ely Dagher

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archives 2018 cinema

Notes on Waves ’98

Waves ’98 is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating films from postwar Lebanon so far. Moving, elegant and multi-layered, it manages to portray both Omar’s lived experience as well as showing Beirut the current monstrosity that it is.

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archives 2018 cinema

The Ghosts of Lebanon’s Present

“Conflicting powers in Lebanon attempting to monopolize truth have created an environment in which “truth” cannot be determined by any recognizable social tool.”

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archives 2018 cinema

Rafiq Ali Ahmad, 1992. Suspended Dreams

“What About The Destruction Within Me?”. Suspended Dreams (أحلام معلقة), Mai Masri & Jean Khalil Chamoun

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archives 2014 cinema

Heritages: A Review

Heritages is the story of Philippe Aractingi and his Franco-Lebanese family as they trace back their own family history and compare, contrast it with the history of Lebanon and the whole region.

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archives 2014 cinema

Selections from the 11th Lebanese Film Festival | 2014

A list of my favorite movies screened at the 2014 edition of the Lebanese Film Festival

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archives 2014 cinema

FADE IN:, the Lebanese Cinema Studies Company

FADE IN: is a Lebanese Cinema Studies Company whose mission is “to help artists express themselves through motion-picture and writing”.

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archives 2014 cinema

Maroun Baghdadi in the Limelight

“Maroun Baghdadi’s portrayal of everyday Lebanese during the 70s and 80s evokes haunting images of a nation of fractured identities.”

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archives 2013 cinema

Incendies: A Review

Incendies tells the story of a quest, an attempt to understand a chaos that the characters inherited. The Lebanese Civil War seen through a different context.

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archives 2013 cinema

Sleepless Nights: A Review

A movie about two unlikely characters: Maryam, mother of a disappeared of a communist youth. Assaad Chaftari, a senior intelligence officer of the Lebanese Forces during the war.

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archives 2013 cinema

The unbelievable true story of the ‘Lebanese Rocket Society’

“Before the United States went to the moon, Lebanon had a space program,” wrote IndieWire. At a time when Pan-Arabism was at its height, when Nasserism embodied the Arab Dream, students at Beirut’s Haigaizian University and their Maths and Physics teacher, Manoug Manougian, launched the 1st rocket in the Arab World. Back then, dreams felt achievable, for […]

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archives 2012 cinema

Outbox International Film Festival 2012

By Joey Ayoub This is the program for the 2012 Outbox International Film Festival. It starts on the 14th of June and ends on the 17th  every day at 8pm. Entrance is free. Location: Roman Baths, Downtown Beirut. I’m hoping to attend to as many dates as possible which will be followed by my pics […]

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archives 2012 cinema

4th Annual Cabriolet Film Festival: Lebanese and International Short Films

Today at 8pm. Gemmayze St Nicholas Stairs  For more info, check out their page. The Program: Joey‘s Pick for Day 1: Na wewe – Ivan Goldschmit – Belgium – 18:52 min Nice short story about the complexity of identity. A minivan transporting citizens of Burundi is stopped by a band of Hutu rebels who force […]

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archives 2012 cinema

Worlds Alike: Irish Film Week

For the first ever festival of Irish film in Lebanon, Lebanese NGO Nahwa Al Muwatiniya, in association with Metropolis, will screen a series of nine feature length films and twelve short films at the Metropolis Empire Sofil Theatre from February 29 to March 4. The festival is the first edition of WORLDS ALIKE, a new, […]

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archives 2012 cinema kafala and racism

Film Screening of “Beirut” by Rahel Zegeye

Reblogged from Migrant Workers Task Force Rahel Zegeye, an Ethiopian migrant worker, MWTF member, language student, and filmmaker, is proud to be presenting her first feature film with the support of MWTF and AltCity. Join us this Monday 27 Feb at 6.30pm. The film is about an hour and half long and will be followed […]