Beirut fi ain al-assifa
Mai Masri (3000 Nights, SFF 216) tracks the powerful intersecting stories of four female activists involved in the 2019 uprisings in Beirut. Official selection, IDFA 2021.
“You feel humiliated from the moment you wake up,” is how artist-singer-activist Noel Keserwany describes life in the ongoing tragedy of Lebanon. When huge anti-government protests erupted in October 2019, Noel and her sister Michelle, along with journalist Hanine Rabah and Iraqi camerawoman Lujain Jo, took to the streets as both demonstrators and documenters of events. Beirut-based Palestinian female filmmaker Masri has assembled avital and furiously propulsive essay about what these amazing women contributed to the movement and how they felt as the pandemic threatened to halt its momentum. As a male bystander says at the height of the turmoil: “There are more women than men in the revolution now.”
‘It is about four brave young women creating art and thoughtful images under challenging conditions. By doing this Mai Masri has created a highly recommendable and beautiful piece of art.’ – Hans Henrik Fafner, Modern Times Review