Films

Eccomi … Eccoti (Here I am … Here you are) directed by Raed Rafei
68 mins | Lebanon | Arabic/French/Italian with English subtitles | 2017

Two men. Two realities. And a quest for a common future in a world beset with real and imaginary boundaries. Eccomi … Eccoti unfolds as a virtual road trip navigating between Italy and Lebanon. On one side, the lure of Europe, a presumed safe haven for homosexuals, and on the other, a longing for one’s roots.

The film premiered in March 2017 at at Beirut Cinema Days and was screened in October 2017 at the San Francisco Arab Film Festival and the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival.

 

 

SALAM directed by Raed Rafei
19 mins. | Lebanon | Arabic with English subtitles | 2017

SALAM is a docu-fiction that retraces the ordinary afternoon of a Syrian woman. In the intimacy of her home, Salam reveals the difficult journey of discovering her sexuality in a conservative society. The film is based on an interview with a real Syrian woman.

The film premiered in April 2017 at Fribourg International Film Festival, an International Film Festival in Switzerland, where it received the award of Best International Short Documentary.

 

 

Ghassan Kanafani (The word, the gun) directed by Raed & Rania Rafei
50 mins. | Lebanon | Arabic with NO subtitles | 2017

This film is a documentary screened by Al-Jazeera Arabic news channel as part of its series on political assassinations. The documentary tackles the assassination of renowned Palestinian author, intellectual and political activist, Ghassan Kanafani, in the outskirts of Beirut, in 1972.

 

 

Wissam Al Hassan (The Shadow Man) directed by Raed & Rania Rafei
50 mins. | Lebanon | Arabic with NO subtitles | 2016

This film is a documentary screened by Al-Jazeera Arabic news channel as part of its series on political assassinations. The documentary tackles the assassination of one of Lebanon’s most influential heads of secret services in a powerful car bomb in 2012.

 

 

74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle) directed by Raed & Rania Rafei
95 mins. | Lebanon | Arabic with English subtitles | 2012

74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle) is the first feature film co-written and co-directed by Raed Rafei in 2012. The award-winning film is a docu-drama that revisits the 1974 student uprising at the American University of Beirut with an eye on the changes sweeping through the Arab region today.

The film premiered in July 2012 at FID Marseille, an International Documentary Film Festival in France, where it received the GNCR prize. It has since been screened in international film festivals in Beirut, Florence, Lisbon, Montreal, Paris, New Delhi, Switzerland and Morocco.

 

 

Prologue directed by Raed & Rania Rafei
49 mins. | Lebanon | Arabic with English subtitles | 2011

Prologue is a film shot in 2011 for Video Works, an art video festival held in Beirut. Prologue offers audiences imagined yet intimate portraits of young activists in 1974. The film collapses time and offers testimony as an aesthetic project by giving young Lebanese activists a platform to tell the story of their forebears, and reveals a complex narrative of agitation, direct action and rebellion. The film toggles between past and present, imagined history and reality, to create a platform that engenders a dialogue with the past, an action that is often marked as taboo in the Lebanese context.

The film was screened in Beirut, New York, Michigan and Turin.

 

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