Lebanese Rocket Society

Lebanon, 2012, Colour/B&W, 95 min

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When filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige inadvertently discovered that their native Lebanon launched the first rocket in the Middle East in the 60s, and that the nation was immensely proud of its involvement in the international race to conquer the last frontier, they were surprised and intrigued. Why had such a significant episode in Lebanon’s history been altogether erased from the collective memory? Interviewing scientists, professors and army authorities involved in the development of the rocket project, the directors uncover a dream of future glory that was halted and silenced by international pressure following the Arab-Israeli military conflict of 1967.

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Born within a month of one another in Beirut in 1969, fellow students at Paris Nanterre and partners in film and video art since the late 90s, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige made their joint feature debut with ‘The Pink House’ (1999). Their last film, ‘I Want to See’ (2008), which followed Catherine Deneuve on a car trip through Lebanon’s war zones, screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and won the top prize at Gijon in the same year.
BAFICI 2013. TIFF, Toronto 2012. Cinema du Reel, 2013. FFF, French Film Festival 2013.

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Screening

22.08, 16:00, Kino Europa Indoor

Screening 2

24.08, 12:00, Kino Klubi

Category

Riots, Revolutions and Reminiscences: Spotlight on the Arab World

Director

Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas

Producer

Georges Schoucair, Edouard Mauriat

Cinematography

Jeanne Lapoirie

Sound

Olivier Goinard

Editing

Jeanne Lapoirie

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