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The Wall (Al-Hayt)

New Voices in Cinema

/ Short Narrative / Lebanon, Qatar / 2012 / Colour
In Arabic / English subtitles
No Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.

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In this engaging and endearing short, director Odette Makhlouf Mouarkech locates a seemingly impersonal structure that became the anchor of a community. The wall of the film’s title is steel-reinforced poured concrete; during wartime it protected its building’s inhabitants from shelling. Through casual but intimate interviews with the individuals who remember the wall as a safe haven, Mouarkech paints a fond and amusing portrait of a group of people who became a sort of family, creating intense camaraderie out of disaster.

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