Lebanese Movie Awards 2019 Nominations (Complete List)

Still in its infancy, the Lebanese Movie Awards is a yearly awards ceremony that celebrates the best and brightest of Lebanese cinema, in both their artistic and technical aspects. This year, Capharnaum led with 11 nominations across all the feature film cateogires.… Read More Lebanese Movie Awards 2019 Nominations (Complete List)

Krystel El Koussa talks Weeping Willow, staying true to oneself, and clichés of filmmaking in Lebanon

After showing her film Weeping Willow in multiple international films festivals, Lebanese student filmmaker Krystel El Koussa sits down with Reel Rambler to discuss her film, why she made it, and what her future plans are.… Read More Krystel El Koussa talks Weeping Willow, staying true to oneself, and clichés of filmmaking in Lebanon

Identity as struggle, struggle as identity: a Q&A with the directors of ‘Spaces of Exception’

Ahead of their documentary film Spaces of Exception’s premiere in Lebanon at Sursock Museum, directors Matt Peterson and Malek Rasmany sit down with Reel Rambler’s Ayman Makarem to talk about the film and their project, The Native and the Refugee.… Read More Identity as struggle, struggle as identity: a Q&A with the directors of ‘Spaces of Exception’

On banning Rana Eid’s ‘Panoptic’: who will tell our stories?

Over the past couple years, the Lebanese government’s censorship bureau has banned (and unbanned) an increasing number of films slated for a local release because they possess what the bureau perceives is content that directly jeopardises national safety and century-old, traditional mindsets. From Annabelle: Creation to The Post to Maroun Baghdadi and Danielle Arbid’s filmographies, not… Read More On banning Rana Eid’s ‘Panoptic’: who will tell our stories?

‘Beirut’ updates: has our backlash made a difference?

When people first caught wind of a film about Beirut being made by a major Hollywood studio, a combination of excitement and worry filled the air with many wondering whether or not the film, titled Beirut, would accurately represent the country. Early in January, however, the prospects of that depiction became bleak with the release… Read More ‘Beirut’ updates: has our backlash made a difference?