Rebecca Hillauer

in Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmakers

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9789774249433
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190089 | DOI:

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Several enthusiastic and engaged young people who wanted to reclaim the image of Beirut travelled across the country, armed with a camera, to search for stories that seemed to resemble their town. They succeeded in gathering information and presented it in a film. That is the time when different filmmakers emerged in Lebanon, such as Maroun Bagdadi, Jean Chamoun, Randa Chahal, and others who led Lebanese cinema on to new adventures with freedom and audacity, despite of the war. The war that overwhelmed the country inspired Lebanese filmmakers to create different kind of films regarding the situation in Lebanon, such as Danielle Arbid, who started working on a video documentary project on Lebanese fighters. Other filmmakers are Leyla Assaf, who has made hundreds of documentary and feature films; and Randa Chabal-Sabbag who criticizes political and social power structure in her films.

Keywords: Lebanon; films; war; Beirut; filmmakers; cinema; documentary; Leyla Assaf; Randa Chabal-Sabbag; Maroun Bagdadi

Chapter.  21898 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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