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One week to go!

We're excited to present our Tenth Anniversary Edition of Lebanese Film Festival Australia launching in just one week! 

This year's program reflects resilience, hardship, humour and passion. Our opening film is the award winning feature Memory Box, directed by Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreije, two of Lebanon’s prominent film directors. The film is an intergenerational drama set in Montreal and following the story of Alex (Manal Issa) discovering her mother’s old photographs and diaries from her adolescent years in Beirut. The film is beautifully put together and conveys the new lives that memories — even traumatic ones — can take when passed down through generations.
 
From dramas to comedies, including Weekend, there is something for everyone to discover. Of particular note is Daughters of Abdul Rahman, a brilliant black comedy directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan who directed the first short film ever screened at LFF’s inaugural edition in 2012. Award-winning favourites include the impeccably written Egyptian political thriller Boy From Heaven (Best Screenplay – Cannes Film festival 2022) featuring a strong performance by Swedish Lebanese actor Fares Fares. Lebanese-Canadian filmmaker Dania Bdeir’s short film Warsha (George Lucas Award (Grand Prix)) is a must see, alongside little gems including Aussie actor/Director Firass Dirani’s moving Baba and Lebanese Director Patrick Chemali’s beautifully elucidated Clotheslined.
 
Between I’m Not LakitBeirut Hiroshima and Beirut the Aftermath, there are plenty of documented and intuitive stories to choose from in this year’s program.

Finally, we are particularly excited to celebrate our tenth anniversary by bringing back Oscar nominated film, The Insult, to be presented by Director, Ziad Doueiri, this year's international guest of the Festival. 

Happy watching!

SPECIAL EVENT: OPENING NIGHT FUNCTION & SCREENING OF MEMORY BOX*
Thursday, 25 August, 6.15pm - Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown
Tickets are $110 and inclusive of Lebanese canapés and drinks, followed by formalities and the film screening.

Maia, a single mother, lives in Montreal with her teenage daughter, Alex. On Christmas Eve, they receive an unexpected delivery. The film had its worldwide premiere at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival and is the first Lebanese film to be nominated, among 15 films, for the Berlinale Competition in four decades. 
For tickets and info, click here.

*Join us, under the patronage of Australian Film icon, Bryan Brown AM, together with international guest and award winning Lebanese film maker, Ziad Doueiri, and acclaimed journalist, author and diversity advocate Antoinette Lattouf as Master of Ceremonies, in celebrating the 2022 Lebanese Film Festival 10 year anniversary edition Opening Night function. This iconic event will welcome you on the red carpet together with servings of Lebanese canapes and drinks, followed by formalities and film screening of Memory Box - an exceptional Canadian-Lebanese-French film, written and directed by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.
AWARD WINNING INTERNATIONAL GUEST: ZIAD DOUEIRI PRESENTS 'THE INSULT' 
From Paris to Bankstown - we're excited to have Ziad Doueiri join us in person in celebration of ten years of Lebanese Cinema in Australia. Ziad is best known for his award winning films West Beirut (1998) and more recently, Oscar nominated under Best Foreign Language Film category, The Insult (2017). Ziad will present The Insult on Friday, 26 August at 7.00pm, HOYTS Bankstown, followed by a Q&A.
I'M NOT LAKIT
Friday, 26 August 2022, 7.15pm — HOYTS Bankstown
Lakit, an illegitimate, abandoned child, a trying existence under most circumstances but magnified exponentially if that child is unlucky enough to be born in Lebanon. With no rights to education, travel, citizenship, a surname or even acceptance into any of the 18 Lebanese religions, 23 year old Saleh seems doomed. 

An intriguing look out of the abyss as this remarkable young man refuses to yield, struggles to read, write and belong, and the inspiring people who refuse to abandon them and take joy in lending a hand. Life affirming and a statement that all is not lost in Lebanon.
 
DAUGHTERS OF ABDUL RAHMAN
Saturday, 27 August 2022, 7.00pm — HOYTS Bankstown (Click here for tickets)
Saturday, 10 September 2022 – 7.00pm — HOYTS Bankstown (Closing Night - Click here for tickets)*


Daughters of Abdul Rahman is directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan, our inaugural Film of the Year Winner in 2012. Years after escaping a dictated life, four estranged and offbeat sisters are forced to come together to find their suddenly-missing father. In their secret searching journey, secrets are revealed and more questions are raised.

*Tickets to closing night are $40, and include screening + Lebanese food. LFF's pop up bar will also be open for this event.
 
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