American Independent Film Screening

Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya 2006

Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya 2006 (1)

Ayam Beirut IV

 

Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya presented its fourth edition under very special circumstances, as the first major cultural event to take place in Beirut after the 33-day Israeli war on Lebanon. 

 

This edition was held between the 16th and the 23rd of September 2006. 31 films (features, shorts and documentaries) have participated to this special edition out of a more extensive selection that has to be condensed due to the political events that took place a month before.

 

Many premieres took place during the festival including the Lebanese feature films Falafel by Michel Kammoun, which opened the festival (World Premiere), and The Last Man, newest feature of renowned director Ghassan Salhab (Arab Premiere) as well as Bled Number One, second feature film by Algerian director Rabah Ameur-Zaimecheand Bamako, latest feature by Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (both Arab premieres). The Sundance award-winning documentary Iraq in Fragments by James Longley also had its Arab premiere in Ayam Beirut in the presence of the filmmaker.

 

The festival had many parallel activities including the "Videos under Siege," 25 videos produced during the July War on Lebanon, documenting the daily life of the Lebanese under siege, or of Lebanese filmmakers who were trapped outside Lebanon during this period. Other activities included a performance by artist Rabih Mroue, a dance performance by Yalda Younes, and screening/debate by Bassam Haddad. The festival wrapped up its activities with a concert of Rima Khcheich who played a setlist of songs that appeared in Arab movie classics. 

 

Ayam Beirut 4 in numbers

6,000 Spectators

31 Films in 8 days

46 Guests

12 Premieres

120 Press Articles

Films

Ayam Beirut IV – Selection

 

I – Feature Films

Bamako - Abderrahmane Sissako

Bled Number One - Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche

Falafel - Michel Kammoun

Last Man (the) - Ghassan Salhab

Long Journey (the) - Ismael Ferroukhi

Seeds of Doubt - Samir Nasr

TV is coming (the) - Mouncef Dhouib

Underexposure - Oday Rasheed

 

II – Documentaries

Amina, Mixed Feelings - Laurette Mokrani

Do You Know … Why? - Salma El-Turzy

Few Crumbs for the Birds - Nassim Amaouche/Annemarie Jacir

From Beirut, With Love - Wael Noureddine

I Had a Dream, Mum - Lina Saneh

I See the Stars at Noon - Saeed Taji Farouki

Journey (a) - Lamia Joreige

Place I Call Home (the) - Tamer Ezzat

Roof (the) - Kamal Aljafari

 

III – Short Films

Be Quiet - Sameh Zoabi

Deceased - Rachid El-Ouali

Frame - Wahid El-Moutanna

Jibraltar - Ghassan Halwani

Make a Wish - Cherien Dabis

My Son - Lina Ghaibeh

Rabia's Journey - Meyar Al-Roumi

Rise and Shine - Sherif El-Bendari

See You Later - Fouad Alaywan

 

IV – A Foreign Look to the Arab World

Green Line - Laurent Mareschal

Iraq in Fragments - James Longley

Linda and Ali, Two Worlds Within Four Walls - Lut Vandekeybus

October 17, 1961 - Alain Tasma

 

 

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