This week, four Beirut-based artists will present their account of the tumultuous three years leading up to today, at the acclaimed International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
‘Beirut, Eye of the Storm’ (2019) seeks to capture the complexities of existence in contemporary Lebanon, from the outset of Thawra to endless Covid-19 restrictions, just months before the Beirut Blast delivered the final blow to a nation long grown tiresome of the unforeseen.
Mai Masri, a Beirut-based Palestinian filmmaker, who found particular acclaim through her films 2000 Nights (2015), Children of Fire (1990), and Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001), together with journalist Hanine, Iraqi camerawoman Lujain, and sisters and artists Noel and Michelle, use their film to provide representation to the plight of their generation.
Their non-chronological film will be screened at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, as one of the concluding screenings of the IDFA by Night program.
You can watch the trailer here: