With a title that highly contrasts with Lebanon’s situation, the film A Moment of Bliss follows 4 different Lebanese through their struggles in a country full of uncertainty.
The film premiered on September 23rd at the Beirut Hippodrome under the night sky, surrounded by pine trees, on the occasion of the Freidrich-Ebert Foundation’s 55th anniversary in Lebanon.
Produced by Manuel Lahoud and beautifully filmed with a musical score that catches the heart by Emil Awwad, it followed the real story of 4 different Lebanese protagonists:
Wael Lazkani, a chef and a restaurant owner.
Ruba Mourad Squires, a mother and e-learning specialist.
Vladimir Kurumilian, an architect, professional pianist, and DJ.
Georges Barbari, a young filmmaker.
Each of these people faces his or her own battles in a country that is slowly devolving into a Failed State.
Wael is the owner of a restaurant in Beirut. He talks about the difficulties imposed on him due to the constantly fluctuating exchange rate.
Choices that are already hard for him have become exceptionally difficult. A spike in the USD price may mean an inability to restock.
Vladimir speaks of the injustice that the LGBTQ+ community faces in Lebanon. People can be expelled from their houses or discriminated against in schools and streets for being a member of the community.
Georges, a filmmaker, has already one of his films awarded recognition at the Berlinale Film Festival.
As life in Lebanon becomes progressively unstable, he is considering immigration despite his attachment to his life by the sea in Batroun.
Ruba is a facet of every Lebanese mother married to a foreign man. Her children can’t be Lebanese nationals according to the law, and even less, in a country they love.
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