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Celebrating Pride Month, the Arab Film Series is pleased to present to you This Little Father Obsession, a feature-length hybrid documentary film by Lebanese filmmaker Selim Mourad.


The Screening will be accompanied by a live talkback with the filmmaker on June 27th at 3 pm EDT. 

Synopsis:

A kaleidoscopic family film blending documentary and auto-fiction, ‘This Little Father Obsession’ sees the complexity of Lebanese society confronted with the personal aspirations of an individual, and the weight of patriarchal tradition with the desire for emancipation. The filmmaker traces the portrait of a family in which he is trying to find his place. The last descendant, losing his fertility, attracted to men, he is wondering about filiation and confronts his father with his obsessions at a time when their family house in Beirut is waiting to be demolished. Truth unveils as they go on a quest together to find a forgotten relative. During this journey, the house seems to persist.


Filmmaker Bio:

Sélim Mourad was born in Beirut in 1987. He did his bachelor's and both master's degrees in directing and film research in IESAV - Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut. His filmography is diverse :


- Short personal documentaries like “A letter to my sister” (2008) in which he started his exploration of his family dynamics and "A Trip to the barbershop" (Yamagata Intl Film Fest 2009)

- Medium-length fictions like "The demolition” (2011) and X: the conception" (2012) in which he mixes reality and fiction

- A first feature documentary "This Little Father Obsession" (Visions du Réel 2016) that lives a beautiful festival life and deepens the filmmaker’s queer gaze on notions of procreation and transmission.

- A political trilogy of the body: Linceul (2018), Cortex (2019), and Agate Mousse (2020)


He is currently a film teacher in Beirut and is working on developing his next project.

  • Year
    2016
  • Runtime
    103 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, French
  • Country
    Lebanon
  • Director
    Selim Mourad