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Lebanese Film Festival in tribute to women


The Lebanese Film Festival is expected to kick off its 13th edition next Monday paying tribute to Lebanese women with a selection of films, seminars and workshops. Festival director, Wafaa Halawi, said during a press conference that the new round will open on September 17th with Nadine Labaki’s latest Cannes award-winning Capharnaum movie and will close on September 21st with widely acclaimed film, ‘The Hour of Liberation’ by Heini Srour, the first Lebanese woman director to have her film screened at Cannes International Film Festival in 1974. Halawi told Reuters that this year’s festival will feature around 65 films, including 60 Lebanese films, mostly by women. The festival’s committee, she explained, has chosen Labaki’s and Srour’s films respectively for the opening and the closing ceremonies to underline the important role played by Lebanese women in cinema and art, tackling social, political and philosophical issues. For her part, the director of Bande a Part Productions, Carole Mizher, announced a new partnership between her foundation and the Lebanese Film Festival aimed at organizing an intensive workshop for Francophone women in the Mediterranean concurrently with the festival. Beneficiaries will be offered full accommodation during the workshop which will teach them how to develop their cinematic and script writing skills. (An Nahar, September 11, 2018)

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