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“... when the Moon is full, in the middle of its orbit, then distinct, first-category lights, shine in the sky: the whole multitude of stars hides; a nameless crowd, they flee.”¹

With the chants of Manilius, the astrologer, all films hide so our last session can shine in the sky. 

But this program is red in color. There are a few reasons this happens in the full Moon, be it the amount of intoxicants in the air or because it reflects some sunrays. I like another perspective for our session: the Red Moon comes up during a few total lunar eclipses.

We started this Festival highlighting the constellation that shines brighter than the Sun itself. And we end with the Moon, which, in an attempt to be erased, has gotten even more visible.

These films, made up of a tribute to Lebanese filmmaker Jocelyne Saab, stand out for their dryness without losing their poetics. It is impossible not to notice them. The raw images impact us because they were eclipsed from our lives. The debris that plague the city are not hidden—they are there for us to live with. In an attempt from Lebanese governments to forget the civil war, Jocelyne Saab put a red highlighter over the traumatic stain they pretend to have left behind. The cracks make it onto the screen. They are danced over. Cried over.

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[1] Cf. Manílio. In: FERNANDES, Marcelo Vieira.  Astronômicas, Manílio

Tradução, introdução e Notas. 2006. 289 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Letras Clássicas)

Faculdade  de  Filosofia,  Letras  e Ciências  Humanas  da  Universidade de  São  Paulo. USP

São Paulo, 2006. p. 62.  (Our translation.)

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN BEIRUT

IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS BEYROUTH, HISTOIRE D’UNE STAR

(France, Lebanon, 1994, 100’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating ALL AUDIENCES

SYNOPSIS

Celebrating their 20th birthdays, Yasmine and Leila decide to visit a renowned cinephile and collector, M. Farouk, to discover a Lebanon that they’ve never known. Searching for a past, film leads them on a path of memories and the two heroines immerse themselves in the universe of film that has, over 40 years, contributed to creating the international image of Beirut as a shining star. In the context of the war that has destroyed this city, the projection of the films (chosen from more than 250) set up by the two girls gives the city back a taste of its own history, and a bit of hope for the future.

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THE SHIP OF EXILE

LE BATEAU DE L’EXIL

(Lebanon, 1982, 12’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 10+

SYNOPSIS

After living clandestinely in Beirut to escape the Israeli forces, the head of the PLO, Yasser Arafat, left Lebanon aboard the Atlantis for a new exile in Greece and then in Tunis. He talks about his destiny and the future of the PLO.

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CHILDREN OF WAR

LES ENFANTS DE LA GUERRE

(France, 1976, 10’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 16+

SYNOPSIS

Days after the massacre of Quarantina in a predominantly Muslim shanty town in Beirut, Jocelyne Saab found and met children who had escaped, and who were deeply traumatised by the horrific fighting they had seen with their own eyes. Jocelyne gave the children crayons and encouraged them to draw while her camera turned. She made a bitter discovery: the only games the children would engage in were war games, and the war would quickly become a way of life for them as well.

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PALESTINIAN WOMEN

LES FEMMES PALESTINIENNES

(France, 1974, 15’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 10+

SYNOPSIS

Palestinian women, the often-forgotten victims of the Israeli-Palestinian war,  have a voice here given by Jocelyne Saab.

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A SUSPENDED LIFE

UNE VIE SUSPENDUE (ADOLESCENTE, SUCRE D’AMOUR)

(France, Lebanon, 1985, 90’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 12+

SYNOPSIS

Samar is a young girl born of the war. Forced to live as a nomad, she grew up among fighters, learning to live in a country at war. The daily challenges she faces in her life contrast with her love for Egyptian romantic comedies, until one day a chance to meet with Karim brings these two parts of her together. A love story at the heart of a war.

BEIRUT TRILOGY

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BEIRUT, NEVER AGAIN

BEYROUTH, JAMAIS PLUS 

(Lebanon, 1976, 35’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 16+

SYNOPSIS

1976 marks the beginning of Beirut’s calvary. With a child’s eyes the filmmaker follows the daily destruction of the city’s walls for six months. Every morning, between 6 and 10am she roams around Beirut while the militia from both sides rest from their night of fighting.

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BEIRUT, MY CITY

BEYROUTH, MA VILLE

(Lebanon, 1982, 37’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 16+

SYNOPSIS

In July 1982 the Israeli army laid siege to Beirut. Four years earlier Jocelyne Saab saw her 150-year old childhood home go up in flames. She asked herself: when did all this begin? Every place becomes a historical site and every name a memory.

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LETTER FROM BEIRUT

LETTRE DE BEYROUTH

(Lebanon, 1978, 52’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 16+

SYNOPSIS

Three years after the beginning of the civil war, the filmmaker returns to her city for several months. Living between this war-torn country and a country in peace, she tries to readapt to daily life in Beirut. Public transport in the city no longer exists, but the filmmaker gets an old bus up-and-running, provoking a disconcerting return to normality in this city at war: people climb on the bus that is seen as a safe place.