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SUBMARINE

Under the imminent threat of Lebanon’s 2015 garbage crisis, Hala is the only one to refuse evacuation, clinging to whatever remains of home. Mounia Akl wrote Submarine during the garbage crisis in Lebanon. She decided to set the story in a twisted near future in Lebanon where Beirut is still dealing with the abominable garbage crisis that started in 2015.

IN WHITE

Her father’s funeral brings Lara back to Beirut from her modern life in NYC, forcing her to face the traditions she escaped and the untraditional fiancée she’s been hiding. Det här en film om att återvända efter att ha vunnit sin personliga frihet utomlands. Throughout history Lebanon has always had a recurring narrative of migrating youth. This film about the emotional impact of returning to Lebanon after having built a new life and found an inner synergy abroad; free of societal rules and pressures. It’s about facing the old you upon that return, facing the old world you used to call home and figuring out wherein lies the truest version of yourself.

MAKI & ZORRO

The lives of two women: Maki, a runaway Ethiopian migrant worker, and Zorro, an out-of-work actress intersect when a diamond-smuggling operation in Beirut goes terribly wrong. Rami Kodeih has always been fascinated by the relationship between a person and his/her physical surroundings. For him Beirut is a place where drama and comedy play out every day in the theater of the streets, full of false notions of “masculinity” that fuel absurd, violent outbursts.

STREET OF DEATH

On the outskirts of the city, right by the water, lies an arterial road that leads to Beirut’s international airport. Most of the houses standing there are illegal constructions, quickly erected for a life alongside the road. A kaleidoscope of stories take place on this highway. Thoughts on the death of friends, and not so good friends. Rituals of masculinity and fights for power that have stood the test of time, pink wedding dresses, illegitimate children. Stories merge to become a new life.

The narrator revisits the site of his youth – a lawless slum suburb next to Beirut’s international airport, where vendettas and raucous street weddings punctuate daily life. A treacherous stretch of highway, coined “Street of Death” after the many young lives lost performing motorcycle stunts, separates the area from the dazzling Mediterranean sea. The film draws a raw and intimate portrait of a neighborhood through the stories of five inhabitants, weaving the past and present, and inviting a re-examination of our relationship to the turmoil of adolescence: Do we ever really leave that very first place of precarious living and inflated dreams, or does its resonance ever truly
leave us?

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