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Afrique en Image

Afrique en Image (1)

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The opening ceremony of the festival was animated by an Afro-groove musical group called Saf Sap, whose name translates as "to the very end of pleasure" in the Wolof dialect of Senegal. The Saf Sap band performed many original compositions, inspired for the most part by African traditional music.

Guests of the festival:

Mark Nekaitar
Stephane Breton
Fallou N'Diaye
Noumoucounba Cissoko

 

Afrique en Image à Beyrouth (Africa in Beirut)

 

The last two decades have witnessed the steady emergence of African cinema. The works of African filmmakers from different generations have achieved worldwide recognition, and were honored in several international film festivals. In an endeavor to celebrate this new-found strength, Beirut DC held for the first time in Lebanon a festival entirely dedicated to African cinema. The festival took place in Beirut Theater, from the 7th to the 10th of February, 2002. 
The aims of the Afrique en Image à Beyrouth festival is to showcase the artistic value and cultural identity of African cinema, as well as to create a space for cultural exchange between Lebanese filmmakers and their African counterparts.

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American Independant Film Screening

American Independant Film Screening (1)

 

In collaboration with IESAV and the Cultural Section of the American Embassy in Beirut, Beirut DC organized two exclusive screenings, consisting of documentary film "The Fog of War" by Errol Morris, and feature film "The Station Agent" by Thomas McCarthy.

"The Fog of War" is the recipient of several prestigious awards and nominations, including:

1.   Academy Award for Best Documentary (2003)

2.   Official Selection for Cannes Film Festival

3.   Centerpiece Selection in New York Film Festival

4.   Official Selection for Toronto Film Festival

"The Station Agent" also the winner of numerous major awards:

1.   Best Screenplay and Audience Award for Drama in the Sundance Film festival

2.   Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival

3.   Special Jury Prize at the Marrakech Film Festival

Both films were made by renowned figures of American independent cinema. As a matter of fact, screenwriter and director Thomas McCarthy and producer Robert May were invited for the screening, and participated in a debate discussing the strengths and weaknesses of American independent cinema today. The debate took place on the 20th of March 2004 in Theatre Beryte in IESAV, and the films were shown in Cinema Empire-Sofil on the 19th and 20th of March 2004.

 

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Lives In Montage Beirut

Lives In Montage Beirut (3)

Video Art / Documentary event organized by Beirut DC and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) In Australia.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC), a cultural facility of Liverpool City Council presents a Cross-Cultural and Educational screening event proposed over 3 days in April 2012. The Video Art / Documentary event titled ‘Lives in Montage: Beirut’ is in partnership with Beirut DC, an independent video / film collective based in Lebanon. The screening event will present a collection of short video and documentary works that highlight the complexity of Arab cultural and political life and experiences. The aim of the event is to provide an opportunity for audiences to connect and engage with contemporary Arab stories and experiences that don’t get shown in conventional Australian cinema.

Artist Ahmad Ghossein will be presenting Beirut DC in Australia.

Project Background:

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre intends to engage local and regional communities through a three day Video Art / Documentary screening Event with Beirut DC to be held at CPAC on 27, 28 and 29 April 2012. The three day Event will also include two artist workshops and talks on 28 and 29 April 2012 by the Beirut DC Presenter.

Contact for project

Khaled Sabsabi (CPAC) Community Cultural Engagement, Creative Producer

Email: sabsabi@casulapowerhouse.com

 

Rola Kobeissi (Beirut DC Manager) Tel: 961 3 370 972 Email: rola@beirutdc.org

Eliane Raheb (Beirut DC Secretary) Tel: 961 3 370 972 Email: eliane.raheb@beirutdc.org

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Market Screening Guest in Oberhausen Film Festival

Market Screening Guest in Oberhausen Film Festival (4)

Beirut DC, guest in the 2012 edition of Oberhausen Film Festival – GERMANY

58th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 26 April – 1 May 2012

 

Oberhausen expanded its market in 2006 by adding a series of Screenings where selected international distributors of experimental and artistic short films were given the opportunity to present their current line-ups. The success was overwhelming: The theatres were packed from the first day onward. The programme rapidly established itself as the world’s largest showcase for artists’ film and video distributors and is today a not-to-be-missed event on the calendars of many festival representatives, curators and buyers.

The Screenings continued in 2012 (27 - 30 April) with the following partners:

 

Argos, Centre for Art and Media (Belgium)
Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art (Germany)
AV-arkki - The Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art (Finland)

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (Canada)
Electronic Arts Intermix (USA)
Filmform (Sweden)
HAMACA (Spain)
ImageMovement (Germany)
Light Cone (France)
LUX (Great Britain)
Netherlands Media Art Institute (The Netherlands)
sixpackfilm (Austria)
Video Data Bank (USA)
Vtape (Canada)

 

Guests

Beirut DC (Lebanon)

Culture and Arts Project NOASS (Latvia)

Screenings guests in cooperation with the Allianz Cultural Foundation

 

 

Market Screening guest Beirut DC

(SUN, 29 April, Sunset, 14.30)

 

King Lost His Tooth, Gheith Al-Amine, Lebanon, 2012, 5'

Wired, Eli Souaiby, Lebanon, 2011, 5'30''

The Fifth Column, Vatche Boulghourjian, Lebanon, 2010, 29'

My Father Is Still a Communist, Ahmad Ghossein, Lebanon, 2011, 32'30''

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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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Films

Title: Voyage a ouaga

Director: Camille Mouyeke

Genre: Fiction

Year of Production: 2000

Country: Congo, Brazaville

Duration: 90 min

Starring:  Eric Laugerias – Maka koto – Zao – Aissa Maiga –

 Louaya Bénedicte – Roy Victoria

Original Language: French

Subtitle: English

Synopsis

In this comedy, Lionel a French guy recently arrived to Africa for business loses his car and his dreams in the sudden rebellions of Cotonou. It is then that he meets Zao and his wife and decides to join them in their trip to Ouagadoubou, the African Hollywood; a journey that will reveal for him a new way of living.

Title: Keita, l’héritage du grio

Director: Dani KOUYATE

Genre: Fiction

Year of Production: 1994

Country: Burkina Faso

Duration: 94 min

Original Language: French

Synopsis

Djeliba leaves his village and moves to the city with the mission of teaching Keita the story of his name. A name that evokes a whole mythology…

Title: Le DAMIER “Papa National oyé!”

Director: Balufu BAKUPA-KANYINDA

Genre: Fiction

Year of Production: 1997

Country: Gabon

Duration: 40 min

Starring:  Dieudonné KABONGO, Yves MBA, Pascal NZONZI, Jean LACROIX KAMGA

 

Synopsis

During one of his sleepless night, the “Founder- President- for-  Life” of the republic, is bored in his presidential palace, So, to pass the time, he wants to play draughts with a men from the slums.

Title: Perle Noire

Director: Josef KUMBELA

Genre: Fiction

Year of Production: 1994

Country: République Démocratique du Congo

Duration: 27 min

Starring:  Abiba Diarra, Michel Pilorgé, Paulette Dubost, Fernand Mona

Original Language: French

Synopsis

Roland, an unscrupulous man, unemployed with debts to pay, does not hesitate to compel his 4th wife, Blandine a young, to become a prostitute

Title: L’étranger venu d’Afrique

Director: Josef KUMBELA

Genre: Fiction

Year of Production: 1998

Country: République Démocratique du Congo

Duration: 13 min

Starring:  Baudoin Euloge Adogony, Lin Veronica Cha-Chi

Original Language: French

Subtitle: English

Synopsis

Sun, a Chinese young lade, goes back to Lulu where her lover, a young African stident is waiting for her. Their cultural differences create problems, but also other peoples peeging.

Title: Colis postal

Director: Josef KUMBELA

Genre: Fiction

Year of Production: 1996

Country: République Démocratique du Congo

Duration: 10 min

Starring: Hubert Kouondé, Abiba Diarra, Léandre Alain Baker

Original: English

Synopsis

Isidore, an African guy living in France, is worried about telling his fiancée, Espérance, that he is HIV positive. 

Title: Taxecarte

Director: Josef KUMBELA

Genre: Fiction

Year of Production: 1996

Country: République Démocratique du Congo

Duration: 8 min

Starring:  Pénepole Person, Joelle Fretz, Josseline Siaaaia, Josef Kumbela

Original Language: French

Subtitle: English

Synopsis:

Toure borrows from his girlfriend, Corine, her phone card to call his wife in Africa who is about to deliver, when his fiancée Josianne suddenly shows up…

Title: Bye Bye Africa

Director: Mahamat Saleh Haroun 

Genre: docu-Fiction

Year of Production: 1998

Country:  Tchad

Duration: 90 min

Starring:  Mahamat Saleh Haroun

Original Language: French

Subtitle: English

Synopsis

It’s the story of a cinematographer from Tchad exiled to France. Upon the come back to his home.

Title: Ousman Sow, Le soleil en Face

Director: Béantrice Soulé

Genre: Documentary

Year of Production: 2000

Country: France

Duration: 52 min

Original Language: French

Synopsis

The 50 years Ousamane Sow from Senegal decide to make sculpture his carrier. In this documentary, Beatrice Soule follow the artist in his most secretive creation. 

Title: Eux et moi, un ethnologue en Papouasie Occidentale

Director: Stephane Betron

Genre: Documentary

Year of Production: 2001

Country: France

Duration: 63 min

Original Language: English

Synopsis

For the last few years an ethnographer gone to a small New Guinea village, where

Title: Kini & Adams

Director: Idrissa OUEDRAOGO

Genre: Fiction

Year of Production: 1997

Country: Burkina Faso

Duration: 88 min

Starring:  Yusi Kuenen, David  Mohloki, Nthati Moshesh

Original Language: English

Subtitle: French

Synopsis

It is the tragic story of tow friends united by the same dream: leaving there village and going to the city to make a fortune.

Title: Bal poussière

Director: Henri DUPARC

Genre: Fiction

Year of Production: 1988

Country: Cote D’Ivoire

Duration: 91 min

Starring:  Bamba BAKARY, Anny CHELLY , Sy Savane

Original Language: French

Synopsis Half God, rich peasant of a village in the Ivory Coast, married to five women , decide to get a 6th wife. But problems start fast.

Title: La vie sur terre

Director: Abderrahmane SISSAKO

Genre: Fiction

Year of Production: 1998

Country: Mauritanie

Duration: 61 min

Starring:  Abderrahmane SISSAKO, Nna Baby, Mohamed Sissako, Bourama Coulibaly, Keita Bina, Mahamadou Drame

Format:  35 min

Original Language: English

Synopsis

On new year Eve of the year 2000, Abederrahman Sissako, a Mauritanian filmmaker, living in France, decides to go back to Sokolo, a small village in Mali, to find his father and make a film about Sokolo: Life on Earth. It’s there that hi meets Nana.

Title: The Fog of war

Director: Errol Morris

Genre: documentary

Year of Production: 2003

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Original Language: English

Synopsis

Documentary about Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson Administration, who subsequently became president of the World Bank . The documentary combines archival footage with a McNamara interview discussing some of the tragedies and glories of the 20th century

Title: The station agent

Director: Thomas McCarthy

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Year of Production: 2003

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Original Language: English

Synopsis

When his only friend and co-worker dies, a young man born with dwarfism moves to an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey. Though he tries to maintain a life of solitude, he is soon entangled with an artist who is struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly-friendly Cuban hot dog vendor.     

 

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