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The Wall (Al-Hayt)

DFI Cinema

Odette Makhlouf Mouarkech / Short Narrative / Lebanon, Qatar / 2012 / 24 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Social Issues, Based on a True Story
No Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.

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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.

About the Director

Odette Makhlouf Mouarkech obtained her Diploma in Cinema from USEK in 2000 and a Master’s degree in Cinema Studies from Paris 8 in 2004. ‘The Wall’ won the Best Short Film Scenario Award from Metropolis and was selected for the delegation of the European Union to Lebanon at the 17th European Film Festival.


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