DIARIES FROM LEBANON

Director: Myriam El Hajj
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World premiered at the 2024 Berlinale’s Panorama Section
Nominated for the Panorama Audience Award for Best Documentary Film at the Berlin International Film Festival
Artist and activist Perla Joe Maalouli’s soundtrack for the TV series BEIRUT 6:07 was nominated for an Emmy Award
Produced by powerhouse Lebanese producer Myriam Sassine, who has most notably produced COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON, A SON, and 1982
Supported by CNC, Doha Film Institute, Red Sea Fund, the Lebanese Film Fund, and the Atlas Workshops
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2024/ Lebanon, France, Qatar, KSA110 min/ Documentary
Original Title
متل قصص الحب
Logline
War, Politics or Revolution. These are the choices of Georges, Joumana, and Perla Joe. Three destinies, and the same desire to change a sick country: Lebanon. How to keep on dreaming when all around us is falling apart?
SYNOPSIS
In 2018, Joumana, a fiery feminist writer, poet and activist runs for election defying a political system that has been suffocating Lebanon for 40 years. She gets elected, only to be ousted the very next day through fraud, leaving her supporters furious. In 2019, the people’s rage turns into a revolution. The streets swell with thousands of voices. Among them Perla Joe, a fearless woman who rapidly becomes a symbol of this uprising. Her unyielding voice echoes the frustration of a youth struggling to find its place. But the past looms like a shadow over their aspirations for progress and change. Georges is the guardian of that mysterious and violent past. He is a veteran of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) where he lost a leg but clung to his delusions of “glory.”
In the form of diaries, the filmmaker narrates four tumultuous years of a nation in turmoil, battling to break free from its own chains. As the country is shaken by disruptions, personal quests for meaning and survival unfold. How can we continue to dream when the world around us is collapsing?
CAST
Joumana Haddad, Georges Moufarej, Perla Joe Maalouli

CREW

Screenwriter: Myriam El Hajj
DOPs: Jihad Saadé, Myriam El Hajj, and Mohamed Siam
Editors: Anita Perez and Stéphanie Sicard

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Production Company(ies)
Abbout Productions, GoGoGo Films
Producer(s)

Myriam Sassine, Carine Ruszniewski

film festivals
Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama), Germany
Visions du Réel, Switzerland
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Canada
Quotes
“Not to be missed for any reason.”
Gabriele Ottaviani — Convenzionali

“[A] defiant documentary tracing the country’s ups and downs since 2018.”
Jay Weissberg — The Film Verdict

“Three leading characters [who] together… represent the collective Lebanese identity.”
Ola Salwa — Cineuropa

“Reminiscent of a past that bears a depressing resemblance to the future.”

Lida Bach — Moviebreak
“Portrays three generations, as possible solutions to restore peace in this country tortured by dictatorships and wars.”
Roberto Baldassarre — TaxiDrivers

“Raw and honest, the film is a powerful snapshot of Lebanon.”
Marc van de Klashorst — International Cinephile Society