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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’.
2015/ Lebanon - USA23 min/ Documentary, Short, 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
Production Company(ies)
Still See a Spark Films
in Collaboration with Tyrian Purple Pictures
Producer(s)
Tony ElKhoury
Anthony Lappé
Bakhos Baalbaki
film festivals
film festivals Warsaw Film Festival, Poland
film festivals Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), USA
film festivals Zamoxis Short Film Showcase, USA
film festivals Offside Fest - Festival Internacional de Cinema Documental de Futbol de Barcelona, Spain
film festivals Moscow International Film Festival, Russia
film festivals Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania
film festivals HollyShorts Film Festival, USA
film festivals Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon
film festivals Lebanese Film Festival, Lebanon
film festivals River Film Festival, Italy
film festivals Brazilian Film Festival, Lebanon
film festivals Palestine Cinema Days, Palestine
film festivals Sulmona International Film Festival (SIFF), Italy
film festivals Human Rights Through Cinematography, Pakistan
film festivals 11mm International Football Film Festival, Germany
film festivals Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF), Canada
film festivals Offside - Great Football Stories, Greece
film festivals Fotbal Pro Rozvoj, Czech Republic
film festivals International Festival of Ethnological Film, Serbia
film festivals CINEfoot – Festival de Cinema de Futebol, Brazil
film festivals Shoot - Copenhagen Football Festival, Denmark
film festivals Offside Lisboa - Festival de Cinema e Bola, Portugal
film festivals Shortcutz Lisboa, Portugal
film festivals Festival de Cinema e Futbol, Portugal
film festivals ZK/U Berlin - Center for Art and Urbanistics, Germany
film festivals COPA90, Russia
film festivals FIFA World Football Museum, Switzerland
film awards
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