In the Shadow of Beirut


Irland, Libanon, Deutschland 2023
Sprachen(OF): arabisch, englisch
Regie: Garry Keane, Stephen Gerard Kelly
Drehbuch: N/A
92 min

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Ïrish Film Berlin - Festival 2024

From the makers of GAZA (Sundance 2019), comes a new cinematic odyssey that penetrates deep below the surface of Beirut, a still beautiful, yet deeply troubled city on the brink of financial collapse.

In Sabra, one of Beirut’s toughest urban slums, sectarianism and violence is a permanent way of life.
Rabia, a 38-year-old hardworking but undocumented Lebanese mother cannot afford to admit her chronically ill daughter to hospital, leaving the life of her innocent child hanging in the balance.

In the Shadow of Beirut weaves four compelling storylines together in a searing portrait of a people and a city struggling to survive amidst some of the most difficult living conditions imaginable. In this failing state, it is the vulnerable who suffer most.

Through intimate, character-driven and cinematic storytelling, the stark reality of life for the protagonists of the film is symbolic of the hundreds of thousands of others who fight for survival in the most diverse country in the Middle East, which has the highest per capita refugee numbers in the world. This is a nation suffering one of the worst global financial meltdowns on record, a country and a city that many now are trying desperately to flee.

Despite the inhumane conditions and enormous challenges, the areas’ inhabitants possess unfathomable reserves of resilience and even hope, as they go about their daily lives in the struggle to forge a brighter future for their families.

A brand-new Irish film festival has been announced for Berlin.
Irish Film Berlin will be an exciting showcase of Irish screen creativity taking place on 24, 25 and 26 May at Berlin´s arthouse cinema, ACUDkino.
Festival days in May with a specially curated programme of contemporary Irish films –shorts, features, live-action, documentaries and animation films.
Irish Film Berlin will bring a group of Irish filmmakers to Berlin - to showcase their films in a specially-curated festival. The curator of the festival is OFFline Film Festival. OFFline - based in Birr in the heartlands of Ireland – has been bringing cultural cinema to Irish audiences since 2010.