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Children of BEirut



France, 2017, HD - Color - 59 min

DIRECTED BY:
Sarah Srage

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Sarah Srage & Félix Albert

EDITING:
Mathias Bouffier

PRODUCER:
Fabrice Marache

PRODUCTION:
l'atelier documentaire

STORY DESCRIPTION:

How can I possibly define, today, my relationship with places and objects of a city that is in a continuous state of perdition? While interviewing my father Nader, a public sector employee, regarding his involvement in the reconstruction phase of post-civil war Beirut, and trying to capture his recollections of that time,  I film Dalieh, a unique area on the coast of Beirut that will perish. My camera accompany its habitants and fishermen on their journey, from their daily lives and routines until their expulsion. The downtown area that was once the playing field of my father and his generation is today completely reconstructed and privatized. Dalieh is alas the last public sphere where Beirut’s inhabitants could be mesmerized by its sea.  But both have been appropriated by the same political family.   Now we still have time to savor Dalieh – what remains of our city.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Sarah Srage was born in Beirut in 1986, she worked in scenography with a theater company and on the TV as journalist, she came in Paris in 2009, when she studies in the School of Fine Arts. In 2012, it is in Ardèche where she discovers the documentary cinema, at the school of Lussas.

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