American Independent Film Screening

Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya 2008

Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya 2008 (1)

Ayam Beirut V


The fifth edition of Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya was held between the 17th and the 26th of October, with the support of the Med-Screen Project (of the Euromed Audiovisual II Program) and several valuable sponsors and media partners.


It featured more than 60 films from the Arab World and on the Arab World, divided between feature films, short films, documentaries, videos, retrospectives, Arab cinema classics...


The selection covered the four corners of the Arab World, with films from Iraq and unto Mauritania.


The festival decided to support the first documentary of young Lebanese filmmaker Simon El-Habre, choosing to screen the Beirut DC-produced The One Man Village as its opening film. The documentary has since then participated to more than 30 festivals around the globe, winning several prestigious awards.


The selection also contained several Arab premieres including the 2008 Cannes selected Adhen (Directors' Fortnight, by Algerian director Rabah Ameur Zaimeche) and Salt of This Sea (Un Certain Regard, by Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir). The closing film Je Veux Voir (also selected for the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes 2008), brought the international icon Catherine Deneuve to present the film in Beirut alongside directors Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.


Tributes to the late Lebanese filmmaker Randa Chahhal and the acclaimed Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine, a children screening, several Egyptian classics, a retrospective of the films of Tunisian-born filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche who also gave a masterclass with his main actress, Elodie Bouchez, for Lebanese students, another master class on creative documentaries by Bruno Ulmer, a conference on copyright, a workshop on HD technologies, a pitching session, a book launching, a forum for all the visiting directors… These were some of the activities and parallel screenings to this edition of Ayam Beirut.


In its closing ceremony, the festival has decided to support the Lebanese filmmaker Ghassan Salhab by awarding it a symbolic prize (a third of each festival ticket sold) to finish the post-production of his latest feature documentary 1958.


Ayam Beirut V in numbers

6,500 Spectators

62 Films in 10 days

49 Guests

16 Premieres

120 Press Articles

20 TV and radio reportages



Ayam V – Selection

I – Feature Films

Adhen (Dernier Maquis) – Rabah Ameur Zaimeche

Aquarium – Yousry Nasrallah

Eye of the Sun (the) – Ibrahim El Batout

I Want to See (Je Veux Voir) – Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

Out of Coverage – Abdullatif Abdulhamid

Salt of this Sea – Annemarie Jacir

The Secret of the Grain – Abdellatif Kechiche

Tender Is the Wolf – Jilani Saadi

WWW, What a Wonderful World – Faouzi Bensaidi

Yellow House (the) – Amor Hakkar

II – Short Films

30 Years – Mohamed Chrif Tribak

Beirut, the Moon Has a Secret – MariamI. Agha

Both – Bassem Breche

A Boy, a Wall and a Donkey – Hany Abu Assad

Dignity – Abderrahame Sissako

Fishermen's Break (the) – Al Hadi Ulad Mohand

Garbage – Lotfi Achour

Her Man – Ayten Amin

The Hole – Rabih Gebeile

It Snows in Marrakech – Hisham AlHayat

Monologue – Joud Said
North Road (the) – Carlos Chahine

See Me – Omar Mouldouira

Tinh Tu – Cherine Khoury

Young Lady and the School (the) – Mohamed Nadif

III – Documentaries

III.1 – Creative Documentaries

5 Minutes from Home – Nahed Awwad

An Egyptian Salad – Nadia Kamel

Hey! Don't Forget the Cumin – Hala Alabdallah

Letter to My Sister – Habiba Djahnine

Made in Egypt – Karim Goury

One Man Village (the) – Simon El Habre

Our Forbidden Places – Leila Kilani

Recycle – Mahmoud Al Massad

www.gilgamesh.21 – Tariq Hashim

You, Waguih – Namir Abdel Messeeh


III.2 – Creative Documentaries

Bride of the South (The) – Nermine Haddad

Candle for the Shabandar Café (A) – Emad Ali

Lemon Flowers – Pamela Ghanimeh

Out of the Sabra Barrels – Shirin Abu Shaqra

Revenging for the Astronaut – Rami Nihawi

Take Me Home – Mais Darwaza

IV – "Searching for Truth" Documents

Algeria, Unspoken Stories – Jean-Pierre Lledo

Land Speaks Arabic (the) – Maryse Gargour

V – Foreign Look on the Arab World

Andalucia – Alain Gomis

Welcome Europa ­– Bruno Ulmer


VI – Video Works

Ali or عli – Khaled Sabsabi

As I Recall – Rima Kaddissi

Faces Applauding Alone – Ahmad Ghossein

Jerusalem HD – Ammar Al Beik

Not My Turn Yet – Hazim Bitar and Rabee Zureikat

Song for the Deaf Ear – Hisham M. Bizri

Soup Over Bethlehem (a) – Larissa Sansour

VII – Focus Abdellatif Kechiche

Blame It on Voltaire – Abdellatif Kechiche

Games of Love and Chance – Abdellatif Kechiche

VIII – Arab Cinema Classics

Cairo As Told by Chahine – Youssef Chahine

Song of the Road – Ali Abdel Khalek

Sparrow (the) – Youssef Chahine

Woman's Youth (a) – Salah Abu Seif


IX – Tribute to Randa Chahhal

Our Heedless Wars – Randa Chahhal

Step by Step – Randa Chahhal

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