We’ve all seen pictures of Beirut during the lockdown, We’ve also seen creepy photos of Lebanon’s airport all empty. But nothing compares to this.
Several black and white footage combined together to form: “Beirut Lockdown,” a film by Tarek-Gabriel Sikias.
Tarek-Gabriel Sikias is a producer at Laser Films. He produced the Lebanese movie ‘Nuts’ that was directed by Henri Barges and starring Darine Hamze, Gabriel Yammine, Hassan Mrad, and other Lebanese artists.
Sikias uploaded on his YouTube channel his work of several short videos recorded between April 15th and 22nd of many areas around Beirut: Sofil, Charles Malek Avenue, Downtown, Gemmayzeh, Independence Avenue, Martyrs’ Square, Saifi, Sassine Square, SNA, Sodeco Square, St. Nicolas Street, the Ring Bridge, Kantari, Hamra, BDL, Bab Idris, and ABC.
Every one of these videos has an apocalyptic mood and a lonely feel to it. They also all contain chilling music and the following quotation:
“The world has witnessed a surreal phenomenon due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Most cities are on lockdown, offering incredible apocalyptic scenes.”
Tarek-Gabriel makes the footages seem surreal alright. So imagine all of the 19 videos combined, made black and white, and completed with the symphony ‘Nothing Else Matters’ from Apocalyptica.
The result, shown in the video down below, will give you the chills.
It really captures April 2020 in Beirut in a cinematic style. Get prepared to experience every emotion known to humankind all at once:
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