The Lebanese documentary Suspended by Myriam El Hajj won two awards at the Venice Film Festival’s 10th edition of the Final Cut in Venice, Italy.
The currently-in-progress documentary Suspended won both the Titra Films Award and the Mactari Mixing Auditorium Award.
Previously, Final Cut, which was organized by the La Biennale di Venezia, has selected 8 works in progress, including Myriam El Hajj’s documentary.
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Suspended focuses on Lebanon’s corruption and sets in 2018, when Lebanese activist, Joumana Haddad, ran as an independent candidate in the elections.
Despite the support that Haddad had, and the high expectations for change, she lost the race, reportedly due to electoral fraud.
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The documentary also revolves around Perla-Joe Maalouli, who held a fight against the status quo, leading her to be an important figure in the Lebanese Revolution (Thawra).
Both women then find themselves facing a deep economic and humanitarian crisis generated by years of financial misconduct and the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion, on August 4, 2022.
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Lebanese Documentary 'Suspended' Won Two Awards At The Final Cut In Venice