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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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Why ‘The Insult’ might win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

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The 90th Academy Awards will air in just a few hours, and for the first time, Lebanon has a competing film. Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult will be vying for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar against A Fantastic Woman (Chile), The Square (Sweden), Loveless (Russia), and On Body and Soul (Hungary). At first glance, three of the five films have

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Oscars 2018: 90th Academy Award nominations (Full List)

It has all culminated to this moment. This awards season has, by far, been one of the most interesting, with multiple titles winning top honours instead of one or two sweeping. And while Three Billboards seems to have gained momentum of late, this awards season has proven that anything is possible with The Shape of Water claiming major awards as

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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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Lebanon’s ‘The Insult’ shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Earlier today, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nine films shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The shortlisted films included some major snubs and a big (and welcome) surprise for Lebanon’s The Insult, which has now advanced to the penultimate round of decisions. Directed by Ziad Doueiri, The Insult tells the story of a

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