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LEBANON, Tue Oct 21, 2014

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STILL SHOWING

Gate number 5
 
 
DIRECTOR Simon El Habre
LANGUAGE Arabic
SYNOPSIS On May 22, film director Simon El Habre will be present at the 20:00 screening They were young, loved adventures and had choices. In the 1960s and 70s thousands of young Lebanese left their villages and searched for a new life in the city. The port of Beirut, the city's economic lung and central urban district, provided work for truck drivers. The income allowed the young men to participate in the vibrant urban life, to enjoy their time at the always busy Burj Square with its many cinemas and restaurants as well as to start families. After the war ended the once popular Burj Square, the city's centre, was demolished, privatized and rebuild for the affluent. Lebanese economy was reorganized, thus globalized. The truck drivers' universe shrunk to the port where they offer their skills as day laborers now. Yet mostly they kill time and take long journeys in memory. One of them is my father. Najm El Habre is too sick to join his friends. He found a different way to carry on.
 


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