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Nabeeha Lotfy, Omar Amiralay and Mohammad Soueid

June 17, 2009 - June 24, 2009 8:00 pm

Screenings on June 17 and June 24

Massa’ibu qawmen [the misfortunes of some] (Omar Amiralay, color, 52’,
1982, Arabic with French & English subtitles)
Haj Ali, who learned the trade of burying the dead during the Lebanese civil war, will not allow his drive to earn a living to lead him to wish death unto others, and it is for this reason that he works as a taxi driver on the side. Through this personality that lives off of everyday political violence, the film exposes the relationships that connect politics to economics and trade to the market, which constitute the only human activity capable of picking up the pieces of a broken society.

Ghiyab [absence] (Mohammad Soueid, color, 45′, 1990, Arabic with English subtitles)
Is it possible to talk about death in wartime? This question is exposed through four people who have lost their friends and relatives in four different regions in Lebanon.

Because the roots will not die (Nabeeha Lotfy, black and white, 54′, 1977, Arabic)
In this unique documentary, Nabeeha Lotfy follows the life of Palestinians before and during the long siege of the Tal El Zaatar camp, documenting this tragedy and later recording the powerful testimonies of the civilian women and children who took refuge in damour.
Beirut art center would like to thank the participants in the program as well as those who have assisted in its production, especially Akram Zaatari, the Arab image foundation, Hazem Saghieh, the gate, Eliane Raheb, Hassan Na’mani, Souraya Baghdadi, Naja Achkar, Rana Eid/DB studios, and Michele Tyan/Djinn house