Diaries from Lebanon

by Myriam El Hajj
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In 2018, a fiery feminist writer, poet and activist named Joumana stands for election to the Lebanese parliament. In doing so, she is defying a political system that has been suffocating her country for 40 years. Joumana is voted in, only to be fraudulently ousted the very next day, leaving her supporters furious. In 2019, the people’s rage turns into a revolution and the streets swell with thousands of voices. One of them belongs to Perla Joe, a fearless woman who rapidly becomes a symbol of this uprising. Her unyielding voice echoes the frustration of a youth struggling to find its place in society. But the past looms like a shadow over their aspirations for progress and change. Georges is the guardian of that mysterious and violent past. A veteran of the Lebanese Civil War which lasted from 1975 to 1990, he lost a leg in the conflict but still clings on to his delusions of “glory”.
In the form of diaries, the film captures four tumultuous years of a nation in turmoil battling to break free from its own chains. As Lebanon is shaken by disruption, personal quests for meaning and survival unfold. How is it possible to continue to dream when everything around is falling apart?

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