Film

Direction: various directors

Total running time: 62' + Q&A

Soura Film Festival: Short Film Programme 3 - Requiem for Beirut

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A love letter to a city that has inspired so many, brought down but never broken. A city with a soul that can make the whole world sing.

HATEF SADA
by Anouch Basbous, Lebanon, France 2022, 8', Arabic with english subtitles
A correspondence between two lovers from two mediterranean cities in the form of a forbidden letter given for the sea to carry. The title means telephone echo and the voice’s echo.

THE WINDOW
by Sarah Kaskas, Lebanon 2022, 16', Arabic with english subtitles
A year after Beirut’s port explosion, Basma and Mariam reunite in their old bedroom. Overlooking a view of the port’s remains, the two women attempt to resolve their shared trauma and broken relationship.

A ROOM WITH A VIEW

by Eli Salameh, Lebanon 2021, 8', Arabic with english subtitles
Jobless and stripped of any prospects of a normal life in Lebanon, Wael tries to kill himself on August 4th 2020, not knowing that a few moments later something big will happen… Beirut will explode.

LA CASQUETTE
by Hadi Moussally, Lebanon, France 2022, 4', French with english subtitles
Hadi stares at the camera and begins to get dressed. As he prepares himself, he expresses his thoughts on the current situation and how much discrimination weigh on him as someone who wears the double stigmatizing hat of gay and Arab. What is he to do with this weight?

BEIRUT DREAM IN COLOR
by Michael Collins, Lebanon, USA 2021, 28', English and Arabic with english subtitles
Award-winning director Michael Collins brings us the timely story of a trailblazing rock band, a courageous fan, and a queer activist’s daunting battle for equality against religious extremists  in some of the most hardline places in the world. BEIRUT DREAMS IN COLOR is, simultaneously, a rare and nuanced look into the LGBTQ politics of the Middle East and a moving testament to the power of music and the universal desire for freedom.

 

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