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Waves '98 (Mouj '98)

DFI Cinema

Ely Dagher / Short Narrative / Lebanon, Qatar / 2015 / 15 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Animation, Biography, Social Issues, Fantasy, Identity, Coming of age
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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The complex relationship of contemporary Beirutis to their troubled home city is beautifully imagined in Ely Dagher’s Palme d’Or-winning ‘Waves ‘98’. In the late 1990s, young Omar is disillusioned by his life in the Lebanese capital, where the news is always troublesome and nothing ever seems to change. When he is drawn to a mysterious portal leading to another dimension, for a time Omar is at peace, but eventually the draw of Beirut is inescapable. Distinguished by an intriguing mix of animation and live-action footage, ‘Waves ‘98’ is a moving meditation on the contradiction of feeling lost at home.

About the Director

Ely Dagher is an artist and filmmaker born and raised in Lebanon. He Graduated with an MA in New Media and Contemporary Art Studies from Goldsmiths College in London. His work explores the correlation and possibilities created through the play between cultures, histories and fiction. In 2015, his film 'Waves '98' was awarded the short film Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.


Ely Dagher
Ely Dagher
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Nina Najjar
Matthew Wilcock
Production Company
Sound Zelig
Elie Bassila, Cherine Khoury, Roger Ghanem


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