Prologue (2011)

A Film by Raed & Rania Rafei
In 1974, a year before the start of the Lebanese civil war, the country witnessed massive protests by students and labour unions. In March of that year, amid deep divisions along social, political and ideological lines, a group of student activists rebelled against the administration of the American University of Beirut.

Have You Ever Killed a Bear? or Becoming Jamila (2012)

A film by Marwa Arsanios
How to embody an iconic female freedom fighter? How to dive into her imaginary and comprehend how it affected the political significance of her gestures? Gravitating around the Algerian freedom fighter Djamila Bouhired, performance and video are used to to look at the history of socialist projects (Egypt), anti-colonial wars (Algeria), and the way they have promoted and marginalized feminist projects.

Red is the Color of My Eye (2000)

A film by Nesrine Khodr
The story of Hamra Street, a main street in Beirut, is revealed through the memory and tales of two doormen and the filmmaker’s personal narrative. The fragmented narration tells of Hamra, a neighborhood of past family feuds, modernity, civil war, and of a rebellion against the sun.

Mondial 2010 (2013)

A film by Roy Dib
Mondial 2010 is a film on love and place. A Lebanese gay couple decides to take a road trip to Ramallah. The film is recorded with their camera as they chronicle their journey. The viewers are invited through the couple’s conversations into the universe of a fading city.

Slippage (2007)

A film by Ali Cherri
Can we construct war experience narratives without any “war” images? Filmed in 2006 during the July War between Lebanon and Israel, Slippage is an attempt to escape the feeling of imprisonment, to another space and time.​ Trying to take possession again of our lives, just like Ilya Kabakov’s “Man Who Flew into Space from his Apartment”, we will abandon this city leaving behind an 80cm hole in the roof of our home.

Merely a Smell (2007)

A film by Maher Abi Samra
Summer 2006: Israeli war on Lebanon. A boat embarks on a besieged Beirut to evacuate foreign nationals. From under the rubble of destroyed buildings, relief workers pull the bodies of the dead. Moving between light and darkness, life and its extinction, bodies redraw the boundaries of other bodies, the smell of death cloaking all.

Untitled for Several Reasons (2003)

A film by Roy Samaha
Beirut, 2003. “It is not because the remote-control pad generalized zapping that it invented it” from the assumption that technological mediums are an extension of our nervous system, I wanted to explore the erogenous sensations produced by watching television and from the principle that any perception is channeled trough the same nervous system whether it is a touch perception leading to erotic feeling or simply watching the news bulletin. I asked myself: what if the audio-visual perception creates the same arousal, not through its content but through the contact with the medium.

I Had a Dream, Mom (2006)

A film by Lina Majdalanie
Robert Abirached has often told me that it is in the effervescence of the irrational, caught at the most intimate point of individual experience, that one must perhaps seek an alternative humanism; namely, a possible basis for a different order.
One day – or one night rather – I had a dream. I told it to my mother; she understood, and threw the ball back into my court, but I failed to catch it…

Red Chewing Gum (2000)

A film by Akram Zaatari
A video letter inspired by a story of separation between two men. A visual essay on departure, adulthood and sexuality within the context of a changing popular culture and a changing urban environment.

The Sea is a Stereo (2008)

A film by Mounira al Solh
The project The Sea is a Stereo introduces us to a group of men who live in Beirut and who swim in the sea everyday regardless of the circumstances: rain, wind or war. Their obsessive swimming behavior appears as an act of resistance against the impossibility of leading a “normal” everyday life in their own country. This struggle for normality takes a sudden twist when the artist quite literally speaks for the men, dubbing their own voices.