Lives in Montage: Beirut

Films

Films (3)

Yet Another Shot

Yet another Shot

 

Director: Kinda Hassan

Length: 5min

Date: 2005

Synopsis: “Yet Another Shot is a video made the dayJubran Tueiny, Lebanese parliamentarian and journalist, was murdered. It shows images of TV reporters informing the sad event, filmed on the explosion site. The video highlights the instantaneous adjustment of the Lebanese blunt society facing serious moral catastrophes. The idea of the video is to show a dramatic event by by-passing it, and focusing on a parallel event that metaphorically describes it. Seeing the event from the point of view of TV reporters trying to communicate a drama, that can’t seem less dramatic to them, tells us a lot about how the society would react to such an event. As I was leaving the explosion site I had a conversation with the driver I was with; he was “happy” seeing no traffic on the roads; this inspired him the following statement: “Look, there’s no traffic on the roads, I wish they would murder one every day for us!” A murder in Lebanon today can get as quotidian as driving one’s car to work. I thought that by showing this bluntness from one side, and the repetition and failures of reporters from the other side, I could transmit a message to a public who is too familiar to catastrophes the way Media represent them. How many times do we have to witness the repetition of this endless scene? When will disasters become real disasters? Aren’t there any maladjusted people out there?”

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The One Man Village

The One Man Village

 

Director: Simon El Habre

Length: 86min

Date: 2009

Synopsis: Semaan is leading a quiet life on his farm in the small village of Ain al Halazoun in the Lebanese mountains. The hamlet was completely emptied and destroyed in combats during the civil war in Lebanon between 1975 and 1990. Today, many years after an official reconciliation, its inhabitants, who are all from one family, regularly go back to the village to cultivate their plots of land or visit their houses and always leave before sunset. In his comforting and humorous film Simon El Habre observes the life in his quasi ghost village and tries to reflect on the collective and individual memory in a country that seems to live in a collective amnesia and is vulnerable to a new civil war.

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Faces Appaluding Alone

Faces Applauding Alone

 

Director: Ahmad Ghossein

Length: 7min

Date: 2008

Synopsis: Combining video footage filmed in the 1980s and a voice-over of letters between RachidGhossein and Mariam Hamadeh (the artist’s family), this short non-fiction video ponders on the time lag between remains and ruins.

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