Arab Film Festival: Shorts 1: Insight Lebanon
October 15 only
An emotionally liberating compilation of 5 short narratives embodying a confessional Lebanon by Lebanese directors that move across the registers of drama and comedy, to mockumentary and experimental filmmaking. These films use the ridiculous to address the divisive, the unfamiliar to reshape the familiar, and a looseness of spirit to engage critical topics per Lebanese history, culture, and social politics. From a talking Lebanese robot to a quirky soapmaker preparing for a special visit by the president, there exists a detachment in these offbeat scenarios that root us deeper into the truths of Lebanon on both macro and micro levels.
THE NIGHT BETWEEN ALI AND I
A fictional reenactment of a key event in Lebanese and Levantine contemporary History: the hijacking of 39 hostages at the Bank of America in Beirut.
Directed by Naida & Laila Hotait. 9 min. 2016. Lebanon, Spain.
BEFORE WE HEAL
Saleem and Raya, two ex lovers, meet at Raya’s place. Saleem enters the toilet and somehow gets stuck. A conversation ensues.
LAST DAYS OF THE MAN OF TOMORROW (AKHER AYAM RAJOUL EL GHAD)
A young filmmaker investigates the legend of ‘Manivelle’, an automaton gifted to Lebanon in 1945 that still haunts an abandoned mansion in Beirut. After being coaxed back into the limelight, the people who knew him come forward to speak out as the myth surrounding Manivelle starts to unravel.
Directed by Fadi Baki. 30 min. 2017. Lebanon, Germany.
A mother still waits for her son to come home and eat his favorite dinner even though he disappeared years ago, as he was one of the 17,000 disappeared persons who went missing during the Lebanese civil war.
Directed by Nadine Asmar. 9 min. 2017. Lebanon.
THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT
The worst-kept secret in a small fishing village reveals that the President is on his way to visit the local soap shop.
Directed by Cyril Aris. 19 min. 2017. Lebanon, Qatar, USA.
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