Animation
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Short
Feature

When Beirut Was Beirut

Synopsis:

This poetic hybrid documentary introduces us to three majestic abandoned buildings that witnessed Beirut’s tumultuous history, and come to life through a casual conversation amongst themselves.

Using animation and archival audiovisuals, this film takes us back tot he Golden Era of Beirut, when the Piccadilly Theatre was filled with glamorous entertainment, the Egg was bustling with people in its local markets, and Beirut housed an iconic hair salon and families living under its art-deco roof.

When the Lebanese Civil War erupted in 1975, the lives of these buildings had changed completely, turning into bases for snipers on the demarcation line that split the city into East and West, based on religious sects. Years later, the August 4th 2020 explosion in Beirut awakens the three buildings from their slumber as they witness another chapter of the city’s history, and reminds them of their troubling past.

Language: 
Arabic
Runtime: 
12
Co-presented with: 
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Sunday, November 27, 2022
 | 
2:30 pm
19+
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19+
Sunday, November 27, 2022
 | 
2:30 pm
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
19+
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
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6:00 pm
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
19+
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