• Directors

    Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

  • Producers

    Georges Schoucair, Carole Scotta, Luc Déry, Kim McCraw

  • Screenwriters

    Gaëlle Macé, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

  • With

    Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier

  • France-Lebanon-Canada 2021. 102min

  • UK Distribution

    Modern Films

  • Language

    French, Arabic, English

    With English subtitles

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Teenager Alex (Paloma Vauthier) covertly goes through her mother Maia’s box of journals, audio tapes and photographs, which reveal a difficult adolescence in the war-torn Lebanese capital – and a dark family secret. Alex uses the material to build her own picture of Maia’s youth, sharing intimate memories on social media. The film explores how distance affects personal relationships, whilst providing a refreshingly female perspective on conflict and memory. Long-term collaborators whose outputs cross the worlds of art and film, Hadjithomas and Joreige (Je Veux Voir, The Lebanese Rocket Society) here delve into their personal archives, building from their own memory boxes. This graceful film also serves as an ode to hope and regeneration at a time when Beirut once again finds itself rebuilding after a tragedy.

Sarah Perks

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