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… Read More Lebanon’s ‘The Insult’ has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
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… Read More ‘Beirut’ trailer: is this another ‘Homeland’ incident?
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… Read More Lebanese-American filmmaker directs Lady Gaga documentary, ‘Five Foot Two’
A drag queen dressed in a stunning, all-white ensemble is illuminated by a strikingly beautiful array of neon lights that greets the viewer in the opening sequence of Anya Kneez: a Queen in Beirut. In what can only be described as a dreamy trance, set to the recurring tone of club music, Anya demands the… Read More ‘Anya Kneez’: the trials and triumphs of a queen in Beirut
On this day last year, I was sitting at home eagerly awaiting the start of the second batch of screenings courtesy of Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival. The Festival’s opening night had left me in awe of its quirky first selection, Swiss Army Man, and excited for the round-up of films and workshops to come. By… Read More Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival: Q&A with executive director Myriam Sassine