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Wled Bayrout

Children of Beirut

Sarah Srage

2017 / France / 59 min

i Sunday 26 March 13H40 Cinéma 2
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English + DEBATE

Shown with :
Nyo Vweta Nafta by Ico Costa
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i Tuesday 28 March 16H10 Luminor
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English + DEBATE

Shown with :
Nyo Vweta Nafta by Ico Costa
See in the grid
i Wednesday 29 March 14H00 Centre Wallonie Bruxelles
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English

Free entrance
Shown with :
Nyo Vweta Nafta by Ico Costa
See in the grid

This poetic and socially engaged peregrination through the Dalieh port district in Beirut is firmly anchored in the intimate dimension – that of the photos which the filmmaker’s father, a major player in the reconstruction of the Lebanese capital from 1992, insisted on taking in front of the buildings that were important to him as a child. On the pretext of reconstruction, an oligarch presenting himself as a generous citizen contrived to privatise a large area of Beirut. “We have rejected your city, you have rejected what remains of ours”, resumes the director in a very free and at times musical voice-over that lends rhythm to the names of stores, street corners, cafés – a topographical memory not documented in the urbanists’ plans. Sarah Srage combines the dialogues of those who will no longer have access to the public beach and snippets of a fishing family’s holiday movies. These “broken hulls”, who find useful plants among the rocks that will soon be buried under concrete, also breed carrier pigeons and forecast the weather. While gathering their local know-how, the lyrical archivist does not forget to film the romances of the younger generation, who are still free to walk along the sinister fencing that encloses the work site, under a not-yet-privatised sun. (Charlotte Garson)

Production / Print source: L'atelier documentaire

Sarah Srage was born in Beirut. She started by working as a stage designer and a TV journalist. She settled in Paris in 2009 and studied fine arts before completing the Master’s degree in documentary cinema in Lussas. Children of Beirut is her first film.