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Lamia joreige
And the living is easy
Fiction | hdv | color | 75'0'' | Lebanon | 2014
"Beirut in 2011. The city remains strangely quiet while the region is in great turmoil. Through five characters, mainly non-professional actors, Lamia Joreige creates a unique portrayal of her native town. Whether a salesman, a musician, a student or an actor, each one expresses his/her deep attachment to Beirut and inability to live there. Over several months, the director asked them to act out scenes she had imagined, inspired by their love affairs, professional lives and friendships. Constructing a fiction with their daily lives, she highlights their malaise. These scenes were performed in the area in which they live, in the places that are dear to them. The city and their feelings are deeply intertwined. The beauty of the images and the sweetness of their lives conceal anxieties over political instability in the Middle East and fear of a devastating war."
"Born in Lebanon in 1972, Lamia Joreige is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Beirut. She uses archival documents and fictitious elements to reflect on the relation between individual stories and collective history. She explores the possibilities of representation of the Lebanese wars and their aftermath, and Beirut, a city at the center of her imagery. Her work is essentially on time, the recordings of its trace and its effects on us."