The New Lebanese Cinema of the 1970s and 1980s

November 10–17, 2022

This small series features new restorations of works by three filmmakers from Lebanon who bear witness to its difficult history: Borhane Alaouié, Jocelyne Saab, and Heiny Srour. 

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  • Leila and the Wolves

  • Beirut, My City

  • Beirut, the Encounter

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  • Jocelyne Saab: The Beirut Trilogy


    • Thursday, November 10 7 PM
    Introduced by Jonathan Mackris

    “Lyrical and uncompromising, the [trilogy of] films of Jocelyne Saab are at once landmark works of Lebanese cinema and masterpieces of the essay film form” (Film at Lincoln Center).

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  • Beirut, the Encounter

    Borhane Alaouié
    Lebanon, Tunisia, Belgium, 1981
    • Sunday, November 13 7 PM

    Two young people separated by the war make tapes for each other. “The monologues, by the well-known writer Ahmad Baydoun, which form the basis of this acutely observed, moving film, have acquired classical status in Lebanese cinema” (Alia Arasoughly).

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  • Leila and the Wolves

    Heiny Srour
    United Kingdom, Lebanon, Belgium, Netherlands, 1984

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    • Thursday, November 17 7 PM
    Introduced by Jonathan Mackris

    “Drawing on the Arab heritage of oral tradition and the mosaic-like storytelling of The Arabian Nights, Leila and the Wolves is an exploration of the collective memory of Arab women and their hidden role in the recent history of Palestine and Lebanon” (Tarek Elhaik).

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