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Lebanon Wins the World Cup

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Screened at over 30 festivals around the world.
Supported by USAID’s Office of Transitions Initiative (OTI).
The film investigates the brutality of war, the beauty of Brazilian football, and the possibility of reconciliation for Lebanon’s ‘Lost Generation’.
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2015/ Lebanon - USA23 min/ Documentary, History
Original Title
Libnan Yarbah Ka's Al A'alam
SYNOPSIS
A documentary short film about war and football, told against the backdrop of the 1982 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. It tells the story of two former enemies, a bookish Communist and a battle-hardened Christian, who share a love for the Brazilian team despite fighting each other in one of the 20th Century’s most notorious conflicts, the Lebanese Civil War.
CAST
Firas Hallak
Richard Mattar
Georges Saade
CREW
Screenwriter: Tony ElKhoury
Anthony Lappé
Bakhos Baalbaki
DOP: Richard Ballan
Richard Mattar
Editor: Tony ElKhoury
Timothy Ziegler
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Production Company(ies)
Still See a Spark Films
Tyrian Purple Pictures
Producer(s)
Tony ElKhoury
Anthony Lappé
Bakhos Baalbaki
film festivals
Warsaw Film Festival, Poland
Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), USA
Zamoxis Short Film Showcase, USA
Offside Fest - Festival Internacional de Cinema Documental de Futbol de Barcelona, Spain
Moscow International Film Festival, Russia
Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania
HollyShorts Film Festival, USA
Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon
Lebanese Film Festival, Lebanon
River Film Festival, Italy
Brazilian Film Festival, Lebanon
Palestine Cinema Days, Palestine
Sulmona International Film Festival (SIFF), Italy
Human Rights Through Cinematography, Pakistan
11mm International Football Film Festival, Germany
Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF), Canada
Offside - Great Football Stories, Greece
Fotbal Pro Rozvoj, Czech Republic
International Festival of Ethnological Film, Serbia
CINEfoot – Festival de Cinema de Futebol, Brazil
Shoot - Copenhagen Football Festival, Denmark
Offside Lisboa - Festival de Cinema e Bola, Portugal
Shortcutz Lisboa, Portugal
Festival de Cinema e Futbol, Portugal
ZK/U Berlin - Center for Art and Urbanistics, Germany
COPA90, Russia
FIFA World Football Museum, Switzerland
film awards
Best Documentary Short at the Warsaw Film Festival, Poland
Best Documentary Short at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), USA
Best Documentary at the Zamoxis Short Film Showcase, USA
Best Documentary Short at the Offside Fest - Festival Internacional de Cinema Documental de Futbol de Barcelona, Spain