Dec 17, 2019Jan 17, 2020 · Galerie Tanit, Beyrouth

Fouad ElKoury

Welcome to Beirut

Une fenêtre sur la ville

Tuesday December 17th
From 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Free admission

The exhibition will be on view until
Friday, January 17th, 2020

"Welcome to Beirut" film by Fouad Elkoury

French - Arabic, English subtitles

Author and Director : Fouad Elkoury
Editor : Maria Gamboa, Catherine Quesemand
Sound Mixing : Romain Frydman
Colour correction : Emmanuel Vincent / Franck Chafei
Production : Et Alors Productions

Welcome to Beirut is about daily life: driving in the city, going to the hairdresser, discussions with the grocer, visiting a motor show, a wax museum, dining out... It is a driven promenade inside the city with a few open windows through which to peep in. More ironic than sarcastic, the film reveals the state of mind of a certain Lebanese society, a direct consequence of the atlas syndrome: When one opens a European atlas of the world, Lebanon is in the middle but also in the crack, central yet invisible.

Text by Dominique Eddé, novelist and essayist :

« Si je suis en train de rêver, ne me réveillez pas »

Lebanese novelist and essayist Dominique Edde writes in an article in le Monde that, despite her concerns, it is wonderful to witness the emergence of a movement where “a people who no one believed in any longer can be seen and their voices heard”: a Lebanese people united in solidarity.

Published October 26th, 2019 - Le Monde.