Bored? Six movies made in Lebanon you have to watch today

A still from the film 'Ghadi.' (Photo supplied)
Updated 27 May 2018
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Bored? Six movies made in Lebanon you have to watch today

DUBAI: Lebanese Director Nadine Labaki’s heart-breaking drama, “Capharnaüm,” is going from strength to strength, having won big in Cannes last week, but it’s not the only piece of cinematic history to be set in Lebanon. If you're truly the arty type, you would not let a language barrier get in the way so stick on the subtitles, or find someone who is willing to translate, and enjoy!

‘West Beirut’ (1998)

Ziad Doueiri’s hit received heaps of praise following its release. The plot follows a group of youths navigating around the struggles that erupted following the start of the 1975 Lebanese Civil War in a wonderfully balanced comedic and dramatic narrative.

‘Caramel’ (2007)

Directed by Nadine Labaki, the film follows the lives of five Lebanese women as they face the everyday problems that haunt them. It’s a fun break away from the usual politically charged films set in the country.

‘Very Big Shot’ (2015)

“Film Kteer Kbir” in Arabic, this flick follows the efforts of a minor drug dealer and his brothers from a working-class area of Beirut as they try to pull off the biggest drug smuggle of their careers by moving the goods through a fake film set. Think “Argo” meets “Scarface” — sort of.

‘The Insult’ (2017)

Lebanon’s first nomination at the Academy Awards was Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult” in 2018. It follows a court case between a Christian Lebanese man and a Muslim Palestinian refugee after an altercation between the two.

‘Ghadi’ (2013)

Written by famous Lebanese comedy actor Georges Khabbaz, “Ghadi” follows the story of how the family of a young child with special needs tricks their village into thinking he’s an angel after the town seeks to evict him.

‘Zozo’ (2005)

Zozo takes place against the backdrop of the 1975 Lebanese Civil War. As citizens flee the country and its dangers, a Lebanese boy gets separated from his family and ends up in Sweden. The film draws inspiration from director Josef Fares’ own experience fleeing the war.


The Six: Sharjah Film Platform set to screen boundary-pushing movies

The film festival in Sharjah will screen more than 140 films. (Shutterstock)
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The Six: Sharjah Film Platform set to screen boundary-pushing movies

DUBAI: The film festival in Sharjah will screen more than 140 films from over 40 countries between Jan. 18 – 26. Here are a few of the films set to go on show.

‘Laymoon’ (2019)
A housewife is desperately trying to reignite her cranky husband’s interest in their marriage when her best friend to encourages her to try something different.

‘Human’ (2017)
A boy with Down syndrome is bullied on a football field, but something changes when he wakes up after falling asleep on the grass.

‘A Blink of an Eye’ (2018)
The lives of five strangers in Jeddah are united in a single moment in this twisting film.

‘Spaces of Exception’ (2018)
This documentary explores the relationship between land and communities in various Indian American reservations and two Palestinian refugee camps.

‘New Year’s Eve’ (2016)
Two kids try to sell tissues in the busy streets of Cairo on New Year’s Eve to collect enough money to buy new shoes and visit a theme park.

‘Stone on the Road’ (2016)
A manager decides to try a novel method to choose a candidate for a job — he pretends to be a beggar on the company’s doorstep.