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Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya 2004

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Ayam Beirut III


The third edition of Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya was the biggest edition of the festival with 115 films in 10 days. 


This edition was held between the 15th and the 26th of September 2004. The fiction selection had 12 feature Arab films, among which was the festival's opening film “Bab Al Shams” (The Door to the Sun) by Yousry Nasrallah, presented in the presence of the director and the cast, and the closing film “Vodka Lemon” by Hinner Salim. In addition to the features, there were short filmsguest filmsexperimental films and student films. There were also foreign films on the Arab World including Jean-Luc Godard's “our music”. But the festival's main core was an extensive selection of documentaries from the four corners of the Arab World by renowned filmmakers including Malek Bensmail, Omar Amiralay, Jean Chamoun and Tahani Rached as well as engaged Arab young filmmakers. 12 new Lebanese works have been presented in a new selection entitled My Very First Film.


Among the festival's parallel activities was a selection of Arab documentaries from the 70's and the 80's by acclaimed Arab filmmakers, rarely shown in Lebanon. There was also an animation workshop held by Vuk Jevermovik (Germany), a Video Installation by Catherine Cattaruzza and Vatche Boulghourjian with the name of Body, 5x5, a production of 35mm films to encourage the independent short films by young directors in the presence of American director Tom McCarthy, and two roundtable discussionsIdentity, as represented in the Arab Films and Palestine, representing the unrepresentable. The latter was moderated by the late Samir Kassir and included a special interview with celebrated filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard directed by Ghassan Slahab.


Two prizes were awarded during the festival:

-                Award for the Best Lebanese Short Film or Documentary (offered by Dark Side Productions) for the film “Road Beyond Sunset” by Bassem Fayyad

-                Grant to support the development of a Lebanese Feature (offered by the Lebanese Cinema Foundation) for the film “Every Day Is a Holiday” by Dima Al Horr


Ayam Beirut III in numbers

9,500 Spectators

115 Films in 10 days

20 premieres

50 Guests

100 Press Articles

120 TV spots

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Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya 2006

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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

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Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya 2008

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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


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Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya 2010

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In its sixth edition, The Cinema Days of Beirut is presenting a selection of Arab and Lebanese films, most of which are shown for the first time to the Lebanese audience. Some of these films have been screened in acclaimed international festivals including the Cannes, Dubai, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals.


Date: The 16th of September, 2010

Place: Metropolis Empire Sofil, Achrafieh


For more information about the festival edition please check the press release below.

To see the selection list please check the “Film” section below.

To see the Schedule please check the “Schedule” section below.

For more information about the master classes please check http://ayambeirut.wordpress.com/master-classes/ /http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=117242321664200&ref=mf

For more information about the pitching (workshop Two Sides of the Coin) please checkhttp://ayambeirut.wordpress.com/pitching/ /http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=147250378644025&ref=mf

For more information about the Interactive Forums please checkhttp://ayambeirut.wordpress.com/interactive-forums/ / http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=117242321664200&ref=mf



يحفل برنامج مهرجان "أيام بيروت السينمائية" في نسخته السادسة لهذه السنة بعرض أفلام لبنانية وعربية تُقدَّم في معظمها للمرة الأولى أمام الجمهور اللبناني. إضافة إلى ذلك أدرجت أفلام عديدة في البرنامج كان سبق لها وشاركت في مهرجانات سينمائية دولية، نذكر منها مهرجان "كان" الدولي ومهرجانات برلين ودبي والبندقية الدولية.

الزمان: 16 أيلول / سبتمبر 2010

المكان: سينما متروبوليس أمبير صوفيل، الأشرفية

للمزيد من المعلومات حول هذه الدورة من المهرجان، رجاءً أنظر الملف الصحفي "Press في أسفل الصفحة.

للحصول على قائمة الأفلام المشاركة، الرجاء الضغط على Films.

للحصول على برنامج المهرجان الرجاء الضغط على Schedule.

للمزيد من المعلومات حول الندوات التخصصية قم بزيارة http://ayambeirut.wordpress.com/master-classes/ /http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=117242321664200&ref=mf

للمزيد من المعلومات حول ورشة العمل: الوجه والوجه الآخر قم بزيارةhttp://ayambeirut.wordpress.com/pitching/ /http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=147250378644025&ref=mf

للمزيد من المعلومات حول المنتديات التفاعلية قم بزيارةhttp://ayambeirut.wordpress.com/interactive-forums/ / http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=117242321664200&ref=mf


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Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya 2013

Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya 2013 (49)

تعود "أيام بيروت السينمائية" هذه السنة بعد عامين ونصف بظل التغيير...

يواكب  التغيير والنشاط السينمائي في العالم العربية...

في دورته السابعة هذه، يتوافق موعد المهرجان مع العيد الرابع عشر للجمعية المؤسسة "بيروت دي سي" التي باتت نشاطاتها في مكان متقدم أثبتت دورها في مجال السينما العربية من ورش عمل ومساعدة إنتاج أفلام، وتنظيم أسابيع عربية، ومساعدة في ترويج الأفلام...

بعد أن كان هذا المهرجان من رواد الدفاع عن السينما العربية، يشهد وتشهد "بيروت دي سي" تقدماً في الإنتاج العربي وفي ماهية سينما عربية ما زالت دوماً في البدايات ولكنها  تكتشف ذاتها في أرض جديدة وربما تلمس فعلياً لأول مرة دعم صناديق عربية...

لم يكن من السهل قيام المهرجان هذه السنة... ولكن...

هذه الدورة تستقطب وجوهاً جديدة من بلدان عربية، تسجل دخول بلدان إلى الخارطة السينمائية  وتنغني بأعمال تحمل بلدانها  نحو الصناعة... ظاهرة في تظاهرة تبشر بأمل سينمائي جميل وبصيص نور نتوق ونتعطش إليه في أيامنا هذه...

أيام لمحبي السينما في بيروت


The Cinema Days of Beirut are back after two years and a half, in the shadow of change…


Keeping pace with the changes and the cinematic activities in the Arab world…


This 7th edition of the festival coincides with the 14th anniversary of Beirut DC, whose activities have reached an advanced position, proving its role in the independent Arab cinema field, from workshops to co-producing films, organizing Arab Film Weeks and helping in Arab film promotion…


After its pioneer role in defense of Arab cinema, the festival and Beirut DC are both witnessing a progress in Arab film production and the essence of an Arab cinema that is still stuck in its beginnings, but discovering itself in new lands and possibly witnessing for the first time the support of Arab funds…


This year's festival wasn't an easy task to achieve… but…


This edition attracts new faces from Arab countries, marking the entry of new countries on the cinematic map, and founding through its rich works a new industry…


A phenomenon in a demonstration that heralds in a beautiful cinematic hope, and a glimmer of a light we all yearn for in our current days…


Days for Beirut's cinephiles




The official selection of the seven edition of Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya


الأفلام المشاركة في الدورة السابعة من مهرجان أيام بيروت السينمائية




*with the presence of the director | بحضور المخرج




Feature Films أفلام طويلة 


Asfouri عصفوري-Fouad Alaywan* LB/UAE 90’ 2012
Coming Forth by Day الخروج للنهار-Hala Lotfy* EG 95’ 2012


Death for Sale بيع الموت-Faouzi Bensaïdi* MA/FR /BE 117’ 2011


Horses of God يا خيل الله-Nabil Ayouch MA/FR/BE 115’ 2012
The Last Friday الجمعة الأخيرة-Yahya Alabdallah* JO/UAE 88’ 2012
On the Edge على الحافة -Leila Kilani MO/FR/ GE 110’ 2011


The Repentant التائب -Merzak Allouache DZ/FR 82’ 2012


Round Trip مشوار-Meyar Al-Roumi* SY/FR/GE/EG/UAE 75’ 2012


Wadjda وجدة-Haifaa Al Mansour* SA/GE 97’ 2012


When I Saw you لما شفتك-Annemarie Jacir* PS/JO/GR 93’ 2012
Winter of Discontent الشتا اللي فات-Ibrahim El Batout* EG 94’ 2012


Yema يمّا-Djamila Sehraoui DZ/FR/UAE 90’ 2012




Documentary Films الأفلام الوثائقية


74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle) ٧٤ (استعادة لنضال)-Rania Rafei*, Raed Rafei LB 95’ 2012
Al Hara الحارة-Nicolas Khoury* LB 46’ 2012
As If We Were Catching a Cobra كما لو أننا نمسك كوبرا-Hala Alabdalla* SY/FR 120’ 2012


A Deep Long Breath نفس طويل-Tahani Rached EG 64’ 2012


Embers جمر-Tamara Stepanyan* LB/AM/QA 77’ 2012


Fidaïفدائي- Damien Ounouri DZ/FR/KW/QA/CN/GE 82’ 2012


Gaza 36mm غزة ٣٦ مم-Khalil Al Muzayen PS 52’ 2012


Infiltrators متسللون-Khaled Jarrar PS/UAE 70’ 2012


In My Mother’s Arms في أحضان أمي-Mohamed Al Daradji, Atia Al Daradji IQ/UK/NL 86’ 2011


It Was Better Tomorrow يا من عاش-Hinde Boujemaa* TN 71’ 2012


The Lebanese Rocket Society النادي اللبناني للصواريخ-Khalil Joreige*, Joana Hadjithomas* LB/FR/QA 95’ 2012


My Father Looks Like Abdel Nasser أبي يشبه عبد الناصر-Farah Kassem* LB 33’ 2012


The Man Inside رسائل من الكويت-Karim Goury* FR/KW/UAE 50’ 2012


Sleepless Nights ليال بلا نوم- Eliane Raheb* LB/PS/QA/UAE/FR 128’ 2012
Turtles Do Not Die of Old Age السلاحف لا تموت بسبب الشيخوخة-Sami Mermer, Hind Benchekroun MA/CA 92’ 2010


Under Pressure تحت الضغط- Julie Bezerra Madsen LB/DK 24’ 2012


A World Not ours عالم ليس لنا-Mahdi Fleifel LB/UK/DK 93’ 2012




Short Films الأفلام القصيرة


Almost تقريباً-Hany Abu Assad PS/TR 16’ 2012


Alone وحدن-Norma Marcos* LB/FR 11’ 2012


Maqloubeh (Upside Down) مقلوبة- Nicolas Damuni PS/FR 11’ 2012


Monologues of a Pig مونولوجات الخنزير-Inaam Attar* LB 20’ 2013


My Brother خويا-Yanis Koussim DZ/FR 16’ 2011


My Shoes صباط العيد-Anis Lassoued TN 30’ 2012


On the Edge الفوهة-Omar Mouldouira FR/MA 29’ 2012


Radar: Roughcut رادار-Ghassan Kairouz LB/QA 8’ 2013


Sabeel سبيل- Khalid Al Mahmood UAE 10’ 2010


Sanctity حرمة- Ahd SA/FR 37’ 2012


Shisha شيشا-Dania Bdeir LB 5’ 2012


Smaller than the Sky أصغر من السماء-Abdullah Hassan Ahmad UAE 17’ 2011


Square Port Said حديقة بور سعيد-Faouzi Boudjemai DZ 6’ 2011


Tooth of Hope وليد-Nizar Sfair* LB/UAE 15’ 2012


A Very Dangerous Man رجل خطير جدّاً -Mazen Khaled* LB 16’ 2012


Waiting for PO Box فلسطين صندوق الانتظار للبرتقال-Bassam Chekhes* SY/NL 30’ 2012


You Are Ugly  أنت قبيحة- Yasmina Bennani MA/FR 18’ 2012


Zafir (Breathe Out) زفير-Omar El Zohairy EG 19’ 2012


Zanta Clauz بابا نويل-Walid Mattar TN/FR 15’ 2012



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Ayam III – Selection

I – Feature Films

The Door to the Sun – Yousry Nasrallah

Best Times – Hala Khalil

In Casablanca, the Angels Don't Fly – Mohamed Asli

In the Ninth Month – Ali Nassar

Klepty – Mohamed Khan

Cry No More – Narjiss Nejjar

For the Pleasure of the Listeners – Abdullatif Abdulhamid

The Assassinated Sun – Abdel Karim Bahloul

The Silent Majority – Mahmoud Hojeij

Threads – Hakim Belabbes

Vodka Lemon – Hinner Salim

Abouna – Moamat Saleh Haroun

II – Documentaries

Alienations – Malek Bensmail

Blue Grey – Mohamed Al Roumi

Children of the Cedars – Dimitri Khodr

Elie Feyrouz – Cynthia Choucair

Ford Transit – Hany Abu Assad

Heart and Spirit – Molka Mahdaoui

Here and Perhaps Elsewhere – Lamia Joreige

Invasion – Nizar Hassan

Kings and Extras – Azza Al Hassan

Over the Sky of Damascus – Fuad Nirabie & Edgard Jinbachian

Private Investigation – Ula Tabari

Road beyond Sunset – Bassem Fayyad

Sir Mr. President Jad Abi Khalil

Soreida, a Woman from Palestine – Tahani Rached

The Deluge – Omar Amiralay

The Song of the Millenium – Mohamad Zran

The Purple Umbrella – Sarmad Louis

The Square – Sawsan Darwaza

Travel – Dimitri Khodr & Cynthia Choucair

Visit Iraq – Kamal Al Jafari

War Cinema in Lebanon – Hady Zaccak

War without Image – Mohamed Soudani

When the Woman Sings – Mustapha Hasnaoui

Women without Borders – Jean Chamoun

Women Chitchat – Hala Galal

Writers on the Borders – Samir Abdallah & Jose Reynes


III – Short Films

A Glimpse to the Sky – Kamla Abou Zikri

Ashes – Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Balcon Atlantico – Hicham Falah & Mohamed Chrif Tribak

Well Played – Koussay Hamze

Chic Point – Sherif Waked

Cousins – Lyes Salem

Fatima's Secret – Karim Ben Saleh

From the Other Side – Nassim Amaouche

Jet Lag – Katia Jarjoura

Just Got Married – Huhssam Chahadat

Like Twenty Impossibles – Annemarie Jacir
Mitterand Is Dead – Hedi Sessi

Non Métrage Libanais – Wissam Smeyra & Ghassan Koteit

On a Monday – Tamer El Said

Shadi in Ein El Helwe – Mahdi Fleifel

St. Michael's Beach – Ziad Saad

The Sound of Applause – Fadi Hindash

The Wind of Beirut – Fouad Alaywan

T-Marbouta – Naim Kayal

Tuesday, February 29th – Jihane Al Aasar

Un Voyage de Trop – Aziz Salmy

Van Express – Elie Khalife


IV – Experimental Films

9 Years Later – Dima El Horr

Bir-rouh Bid-damm – Rabih Mroué

Dear Mr. Savie – Rami Sabbagh

Dislocating Beirut – Malek Anouti & Walid Mohanna

My Dear Body, My Living Body – Ghassan Salhab

Narcisse Perdu – Ghassan Salhab

Noble Sacrifice Vatche Boulghourjian

V – A Foreign Look

2000 – Hanro Smitsman & Peter Speetjens

Under Another Sky ­– Gael Morel

Our Music – Jean-Luc Godard

One Thousand and One Nights – Frederic Laffont

VI – Student Films

72 Hours – Yara Nashawaty

A Matter of Distance – Pamelah Ghanimeh

All Roads Lead to Heaven – Rachelle Aoun

Chou La Wain? – Rana Salem

Deserve a Kiss – Karim El Nabolsy

First Floor to the Right – Rana Salem

Grey Scale – Amin Dora

It's Not You…? – Amin Dora

Karawane, l'Oiseau Libanais – Bouchra Ljourk

M1 – Hany Faddoul

Miracle ­– Georges Homsi

Noha – Joe Saad

Ocular Impotence – Arij Mahmoud

One Season for the Sidewalks – Dania Hammoud

The 7th Sense – Ahmed Mekky

The Garret – Tammam Yamout

The Last of the Phoenicians – Anis Abi Khalil

Yasmine – Nadine Ghanem

VII – My Very First Film

A Demain – Roy Arida

A Tout à l'Heure – Saria Hanna

Alert Guns – Aseel Mansour

Blind Date – Karim Naja

Day and Night – Daoud Alawieh

I Love You – Karim Boueiz

I'm Tired – Tarik Hakim

Instant de Vie – Soulaf El Najjar

Le Cuirassé Abdel Karim – Walid Matar

Serheldan ­– Serheldan Ahmad and Christine Shamas

Tough Luck – Ammar Quttaineh

Trio – Jafar Hamieh, Maysaloun Nassar & Nadine Kanawati


VIII – Documentaries from the 70's, 80's

Film Essay on the Euphrates Dam – Omar Amiralay

The Sarcophagus of Love – Omar Amiralay

To the Attention of Madam Minister Benazir Bhutto – Omar Amiralay

Step by Step – Oussama Mohamed

Beyrouth à Défaut d'être Mort – Tahani Rached

Maaloul Celebrates Its Destruction – Michel Khleifi

Here and Elsewhere – J. -L. Godard, A.-M. Miéville, J.-P. Gorin

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