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Birds of September

Director(s)
Sarah Francis
Country
Lebanon
Qatar
Year
2013
Duration
99 min
Language
Arabic with English subtitles

* As part of Beyrouth plusieurs fois | Beirut over and over again, a screening series to raise money for Beyrouth happening in different cities by filmmakers Nour Ouayda (Beyrouth) and Philip Widmann (Berlin).

A glassed van roams the streets of Beirut, home to a camera that explores the city behind the glass. Along the way, several people are invited to share a personal moment in this moving confessional. Each one comes as a face, a body, a posture, a voice, an attitude, an emotion, a point of view, a memory. Their confessions are true, blunt, and intimate. However, soon enough, the van empties again, and roams Beirut; restlessly looking for something, for someone.

Each element is only partially graspable – it’s possible to focus on the words, the face or the city behind them, but usually never all at once. At times it feels like tapping into Beirut’s unconscious, the streets and sky merging with anxieties about work, relationships and religion. – Movie Morlocks

The film will be preceded by the short Prologue (Hassan Julien Chehouri | 2019 | 30s | English | Music: Charbel Haber – Crossing the Danube)

All sales will be donated to the Lebanon Solidarity Fund by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and Cultural Resource (Al Mawred al Thaquafi). An international fundraising campaign to support the culture and the arts community within Beirut under the Lebanon Solidarity Fund. The raised funds will be fully channeled to support affected arts and culture organizations and spaces based on identification of urgent needs. The fund will also support individual artists who lost their homes, instruments and equipment.

Nominated Prix Muhr Arab – Dubai International Festival 2013
Nominated CPH:DOX Award – CPH:DOX 2013

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Director(s)
Sarah Francis
Country
Lebanon
Qatar
Year
2013
Duration
99 min
Language
Arabic with English subtitles