Beirut Eye of the Storm

Beirut Eye of the Storm - 2021

75 min min - Documentary
Number: 22
Show: Saturday 11 November, 16:00, Hagabion Sal 1 | Tuesday 14 November, 18:30, Folkets Hus Hammarkullen
Director:  Mai Masri


In October 2019, four progressive women are documenting the uprising in Beirut. They are journalist Hanine, Iraqi camerawoman Lujain, and Noel and Michelle, two artist sisters whose often-ironic songs have made them a voice for their generation. The prevailing mood is one of hope and change. But a few months later, Covid-19 has locked down the city, and all optimism seems to have evaporated. This non-chronological account of a tumultuous period in recent Lebanese history loops back and forth between uprising and lockdown, with the four women calling one another and the film's director, Mai Masri, on video. They express their opinions about current events and place them into a historical perspective, offering glimpses into their personal lives. The devastating blow of the explosion at the Port of Beirut was still to come just ten months after the uprising. Will the young women be able to hold onto their dream of a new Lebanon? Four young women in Beirut document a turbulent period in recent Lebanese history, from the uprising against the ruling regime to the subsequent lockdown and then, just months later, the gigantic explosion at the port.

Collections: EFF-23

Genres: Documentary


Country:  Lebanon
Language:  Arabic, English text

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Nour Productions

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 15 min