Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige - 17e Écrans du réel | Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
Metropolis Cinema Association

The Metropolis Association has the pleasure to present the 17th edition of the international documentary film festival, Écrans du réel, taking place between 6 and 14 April 2022 at Grand Cinemas Galaxy, Beirut Art Center, Montaigne Cinema, Warche 13 (Tripoli), Hammana Artist House and Action4Hope (Bekaa).

The festival offers a passionate overview of documentaries, with a selection of award-winning films, most of them shown for the first time in Lebanon.

A talk titled "Toward a revolutionary cinema" will have Nour Ouayda discuss with Anaïs Farine the Arabic translation of Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino's manifesto Toward a Third Cinema.

Écrans du réel is organized in partnership with NAAS (Network of Arab Alternative Screens), with the support of The Arab Fund for Art and Culture – AFAC through a grant from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation - SDC, in the framework of the Reel Streams project implemented by Cinefils / Hakka Distribution, Zawya Cinema & Distribution and Metropolis Cinema Association.

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Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

Joana met the artist and poet Etel Adnan at the end of the 1990s. They quickly grew close, bound by links to a city they had never been to: Smyrna formerly, Izmir today. Joana’s paternal Greek family were forced into exile from Smyrna by the Turkish armies after the end of the Ottoman Empire. Etel’s Greek mother, was born in Smyrna, married to a Syrian officer of the Ottoman Army and exiled to Lebanon after the fall of the empire. Etel and Joana lived in an imaginary Smyrna, today Izmir, without ever setting foot there. At present, both find themselves engaged in questions around the transmission of history, and interrogate their attachment to objects, places, the constructions of imaginaries and mythologies without images. Their personal experiences, their stories serve as a background to the region’s changes after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the evolution of the borders questioning the notion of identity and belonging.

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Apr 11th, 2022
08:30 PM
Beirut Art Center