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Jocelyne Saab

Beirut, Never Again (Beyrouth, jamais plus)

Courtisane: Out of the Shadows 35' - 1976 - Dialogue: Arabic, French - Format: Other
Director: Jocelyne Saab
Gunfire and song mix with a poetic voice-over written by the Lebanese writer and painter Etel Adnan (who also wrote a text for Letter from Beirut) in what would become the first entry in Saab’s “Beirut Trilogy”, which searches for traces of life amid the bombed-out buildings and errant fires of a ghost city, where even the children have become soldiers, looters, and scavengers.
Fri 22 Oct
11:00
KASKCinema
Subtitles: English
“This film marks a turning point. It’s a wandering drift through a destroyed Beirut. To express my sensitivity to a country that I love and that has been destroyed, I asked the Lebanese poet Etel Adnan to write the commentary. Our two sensibilities found one another. This commentary was surprising to many because it doesn’t respect the rules of reportage. It’s a poem expressing personal impressions that could be those of all Lebanese.”

Gunfire and song mix with a poetic voice-over written by the Lebanese writer and painter Etel Adnan (who also wrote a text for Letter from Beirut) in what would become the first entry in Saab’s “Beirut Trilogy”, which searches for traces of life amid the bombed-out buildings and errant fires of a ghost city, where even the children have become soldiers, looters, and scavengers.

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Credits

Director

Jocelyne Saab

More information

Dialogue

Arabic, French

Subtitles

English

Countries of production

Lebanon, France

Year

1976

Technical Specs

Format
Other

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