23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Section entitled “Lebanon: Between ashes and roses”, the films reflect on various topics: from civil war traumas vexing the country for 15 years to intimate human stories. “The section includes mostly film essays influenced by the French culture,” says Petr Kubica, the section’s programmer, commenting on the common thread of the featured film titles. “Lebanon has lately been producing a few of the most interesting additions to contemporary world cinema,” adds Kubica.
For example, Erased, Ascent of the Invisible (2018) by director Ghassan Halwani brings a testimony on people who disappeared during the war. Film essay Linceul directed by Selim Mourad captures experiments with nakedness.