Arab Film Festival

From Beirut to Space: Lebanese Shorts

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This program of short films from Lebanon explores the stories of the Lebanese people and their multifaceted lives and experiences. While all tinged with political unrest and socio-economic issues, their stories are vast and varied. From films grounded in this difficult reality to imaginative explorations of love, dreams and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, these shorts reinforce the unshakeable spirits and boundless creativity of the Lebanese people, even through difficult times. 


This program includes the following films:


Roadblock (France, Lebanon) dir. Dahlia Nemlich

Tamouzi (Lebanon) dir. Ali Dekmak

Beity (Lebanon) dir. Isabelle Mecattaf

How My Grandmother Became a Chair (Lebanon) dir. Nicolas Fattouch

Light Fingers (Lebanon) dir. Carina Ashkar

Will You Bury Me (Lebanon) dir. Noor Eldine Aboud

Space Woman (France, Lebanon) dir. Hadi Moussally

Co-presented by Alliance Française de San Francisco


Beirut 2019. During the revolution. On her way back from a protest, Farah, a Lebanese activist, and her French-Lebanese boyfriend Anthony are stopped at a roadblock held by two armed militiamen who have a bone to pick with Farah.


About the filmmaker:


Dahlia Nemlich is a French-Lebanese director. Upon completing her studies in Cinema at ISCPA Paris, she spent three years working in series production at TF1 before relocating to her home country of Lebanon, where she was hired by Webedia Arabia, as a content director and Head of the production department. Nemlich is also an accomplished singer and songwriter, performing under the name DahliaOnTheRun. Her most recent single, Beirut, was picked up by Anghami. In 2020, Dahlia directed Roadblock, her first fiction short film, that premiered at El Gouna Film Festival in October 2020.




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  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    16 minutes
  • Language
    French, Arabic
  • Country
    Lebanon, France
  • Director
    Dahlia Nemlich
  • Screenwriter
    Pascale Seigneurie
  • Producer
    Dewberries Films
  • Cast
    Julian Farhat, Ahmed Hammadi Chassin, Pascale Seigneurie, Mohamad Yassine
  • Cinematographer
    Fatma Racha Shehadeh
  • Editor
    Adam Jammal
  • Sound Design
    Nadim Maalouf
  • Music
    Zeid Hamdan