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Panoptic (12A*) + ScreenTalk

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Panoptic is a letter from a daughter to her deceased father, a former general in the Lebanese army, in an attempt to reconcile with her country’s turbulent past.

A richly textured personal exploration of Beirut's underground worlds – from the church groups of Ethiopian maids, to nightclubs pulsating into the early hours and an opaque night-time Beirut – Rana Eid hints to layers of buried histories, unspoken words. In her attempt to address the paradoxes she sees in her country, she challenges Lebanon’s schizophrenia in ignoring these underground worlds – which are in effect obstructions to the illusion of modernity the country thrives on.

A sound editor and designer by trade, Rana Eid has worked with some of Lebanon’s most iconic directors, including Ghassan Salhab and Vatche Boulghourjian, and her debut documentary is an audio-visual feast, and layered foray into what isn’t seen.

Lebanon 2017 Dir Rana Eid Run time 79 min


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