category Past Present




Romanian, English

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Shu'our akbar min el hob


Filmmaker Mary Jirmanus Saba spent seven years weaving this sophisticated, moving texture of images and memory. It tells the story of two factory strikes that took place in the 1970s in Lebanon and, beyond this, the bigger picture of the historical failure of Lebanon’s Left – a moment that was largely forgotten in the shadow of the 1975 civil war. Beyond the relatively unknown historical context that it unveils, the film stands out due to its elaborate, reflexive approach that incorporates the filmmaker’s own hesitations when confronted with people and images coming from the past. 

awards and festivals

2017: Berlin IFF Forum - FIPRESCI Critics Prize Winner

2017: Dokufest Kosovo - Special Mention Prize

2017: Mediterranean Film Festival Bosnia & Herzegovina - Special Mention 

2017: Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI)

2017: Asian Pacific Screen Awards

2017: Busan IFF