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

The Beirut Stills project, which has been collecting films since the 1970s, aims to produce a film made up of extracts from Lebanese cinematography. The montage of urban motifs that come back systematically - such as panoramas, the entrance to Beirut, check-points, the vacuum centre, Luna Park or even nightlife - is based on a collective viewing experience and aims to preserve the soundtrack that conjured up these images. By conducting interviews with ice directors, the Beirut Stills project will seek to articulate questions relating to the representation of the city in cinema to those of the city lived and/or claimed by the filmmakers.

The team is in residence at Camargo from January 23 to February 19 and from November 12 to 26, 2019 in partnership with LabexMed