Initiated by Ashkal Alwan in 2006, Video Works is a grant and screening platform aimed at supporting the development, production and diffusion of new projects by artists and filmmakers residing in Lebanon. Every year in September, the Video Works jury selects six to ten projects. Selected Artists are given a grant of up to $5,000 to produce a video, and are followed up on by a jury member. The videos are screened in June.
This year screenings are on Thursday June 9, Friday June 10, and Saturday June 11 at Beirut Art Center, Jisr el Wati. All films will be screened at 7 pm and repeated at 9 pm. Entrance is free of charge. Read more about the great program below.
Yabandjo — Panos Aprahamian
A love letter to Anjar, a small rural community in Lebanon only a few miles from the Syrian border and largely inhabited by ethnic Armenians, the film explores the everyday and the uncanny as it tries to document the fleeting traits of this border town in transformation.
The Tree — Hiba Farhat
An Associated Press correspondent on the Israeli side of the border with Lebanon reports a tree on the Blue Line as it is about to be cut down. The incident, as reported, started when the Israeli Defence Forces attempted to cut down the tree claiming routine border work. As the bulldozer approaches, a glitch within the camera magically transports us to another tree.
Death Street and Other Stories — Karam Ghoussein
A place at the edge of the city. A flux of scenes and impressions. In this work, I recall the stories of those I knew and dive into the depths of my memory, and the place’s reality.
We died and Here We Are — Mohamad Kanaan
“We Died and Here We Are is one reaction among many I’ve had to my uncle’s death. Now that I’m nearing his age when he died, I’m fighting to reconnect with what he left behind. Though my family had always compared me to him, they won’t speak about the circumstances that took his life. I can only scour his photographs, his poetry, and his collection of 50 luxury automobiles for clues; their emptiness now challenges my imagination and memory. In this short film, I grapple with loss, hoping to forget and rebuild in the face of staunch silence.”
Shell — Coquillage — Alain Kantarjian
This film tells the story of a child leaving his home by himself, in the middle of the night. His journey through nature takes him to the coast, by the garbage hill in Daora. Following streams of water, the element of metamorphosis, the child’s journey amounts to a rite of passage. Far from a psychological drama, the film revolves around the child’s choice to leave and break with his family and tradition.
Lime Song— Lea Lahoud
Lime Song is a virtual stunt, a Lime Green water gun. A free and limitless exploration of boundaries within boundaries within neon boundaries. A video/game.