Category Archives: Lebanon

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

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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 to mention the vehement avoidance

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‘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 of the trailer for the

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Lebanon’s ‘The Insult’ has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film

After months of speculation, the Academy Award nominations were announced today, and for the first time, Lebanon has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Directed by Ziad Doueiri, The Insult tells the story of a politically-affiliated, Lebanese mechanic and a Palestinian blue collar worker whose small feud escalates to a nationwide phenomenon, prompting questions of

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‘Beirut’ trailer: is this another ‘Homeland’ incident?

In 2012, acclaimed American T.V. show Homeland depicted Lebanon’s vibrant Hamra area (pictured) as war-torn with terrorists and militants running around, destruction everywhere, and bombings and killing happening around every corner. The incident fueled a campaign against the show and the Lebanese government went as far as trying to take legal action against the producers of the hit series. Fast-forward to

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Lebanese-American filmmaker directs Lady Gaga documentary, ‘Five Foot Two’

Home from a long day at work, I decided to check Netflix (a party to which this critic is quite late), and I came across Lady Gaga’s newly-released documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two. Hearing good things and being the casual fan of the Grammy and Golden Globe-winning singer and actress, I decided to give it a go. Minutes in, the

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