‘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… Read More ‘Beirut’ trailer: is this another ‘Homeland’ incident?

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

‘Anya Kneez’: the trials and triumphs of a queen in Beirut

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

AUB’s second annual short film festival: the good, the great, and the ugly

On Tuesday, the 11th of April, 2017, AUB’s Media Student Society hosted its short film festival for the second year in a row to a packed auditorium of film lovers at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Headed by Mona Jouni, a Media-Comm and English Literature senior, alongside her cabinet members, the event — which… Read More AUB’s second annual short film festival: the good, the great, and the ugly