Beirut DC and Shams Documentary Production
Shams , the cultural cooperative for youth, theatre and cinema, organized in partnership with Beirut DC a workshop / tutorial dedicated to the writing and directing of documentaries.
The workshop took place from April to December 2000, under the supervision of professional director and scriptwriterBorhane Alaouié.
It included, among features, discussions and screenings of documentaries made by various directors.
Throughout the workshop, participants underwent weekly scriptwriting sessions. Each applicant was taught how to write a documentary script, and worked on the development of a personal project to be proposed at the end of the workshop.
The workshop also included the weekly screening of a documentary film in the presence of its director, which was followed by a discussion around the film.
The guests included directors as Jean Chamoun, May Masri,Dimitri Khodr, Omar Amiralay, and Fouad Alaywan.
At the end of the workshop four projects were chosen and fully financed:
- "Street-play" by Samar Kanafani
- "Abdo" by Ajram Ajram
- "In Memorium: Searching for Fouad Abi Abdallah" by ElieYazbeck
- "In Spite of the War" by Zeina Sfeir