Beirut Stills

Art & Science Multidisciplinary Team, France/Lebanon

  • Assaf Dahdah +

    Marseille, France

    Assaf Dahdah is a geographer, CNRS researcher in laboratoire UMR 5281 ART-Dev and associated to laboratoire UMR 7317 TELEMME. Defended in 2015 at Aix-Marseille Université, his PhD focused on migration issues and urban inequalities in Beirut. Based on a comparison approach he analyzes the exile experiences in Marseille, Beirut and Mersin (Turkey). Click here to learn more.

  • Chaghig Arzoumanian +

    Paris, France
    Beirut, Lebanon

    Chaghig Arzoumanian is a filmmaker and film editor who works between Paris and Beirut. Her first feature film, Geographies, premiered at the Cinéma du Réel. She has also edited several films, such as Crossing the Seventh Gate directed by Ali Essafi, which was screened at the Berlinale Forum in 2017. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Film Aesthetics at the University of Paris 8. 

  • Anaïs Farine +

    Paris, France

    Anaïs Farine is a Ph.D. candidate in Film Studies (University Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle). She has published articles in a number of journals (Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée, Anik: Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image, Africultures) and in the publication  Jeux sérieux. Cinéma et arts contemporains transforment l'essai.

Chaghig Arzoumanian, Beirut (photomontage), 2019

Beirut Stills is a film made of a collection of film fragments shot in Beirut from the 1970s through the present day. By isolating, highlighting and repeating some recurring images found in Lebanese cinematography, through re-editing, the team suggests a new reading of these representations. This will allow them to compare the different views and singularities of the filmmakers and to follow the transformations of the city itself over time. Secondly, the team will write an article that reflects on their collective experience of making this film, watching the films together, making decisions, and editing. The biography and some writings of the filmmakers (illustrating their path and engagements) will also allow them better insight into their viewpoints, and thus into the city. 

The team is in residence at Camargo from January 23 to February 19, 2019, in partnership with LabexMed