The Lebanese Rocket Society
Fall Grant 2011 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
When filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige inadvertently discovered that their native Lebanon launched the first rocket in the Middle East in the 60s, and that the nation was immensely proud of its involvement in the international race to conquer the last frontier, they were surprised and intrigued. Why had such a significant episode in Lebanon’s history been altogether erased from the collective memory? Interviewing scientists, professors and army authorities involved in the development of the rocket project, the directors uncover a dream of future glory that was halted and silenced by international pressure following the Arab-Israeli military conflict of 1967. In bringing this exciting chapter of Lebanese history to light, Hadjithomas and Joreige’s film reflects the reawakening of the hopes and dreams of the peoples of the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.
- Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas
- Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas
- Georges Schoucair, Edouard Mauriat
About the Director
Khalil Joreige is a Lebanese filmmaker and visual artist. He works with Joana Hadjithomas. Together they have directed documentaries and feature films including ‘Al Bayt el Zaher’ (‘Around the Pink House’, 1999), ‘A Perfect Day’ (2005) and ‘Je veux voir’ (‘I Want to See’), starring Catherine Deneuve and Rabih Mroué. The project on the ‘Lebanese Rocket Society’ includes several artistic installations and has been shown in many museums, biennials and art centers around the world.
Joana Hadjithomas is a Lebanese filmmaker and a visual artist. She works with Khalil Joreige. Together they have directed documentaries and feature films shown and multi-awarded in international festivals including Al Bayt el Zaher, A Perfect Day and Je veux voir, starring Catherine Deneuve and Rabih Mroué. The project on the Lebanese Rocket Society includes a feature documentary film and artistic installations that are being shown in many museums, biennials and art centers around the world.
Production Company Profile
Abbout Productions produces feature films and documentaries with a distinctly Arab voice, expressing the identity of the region. Since 1998, the company has managed to bring together an important network of Arab and Lebanese artists, and produced award-winning films such as Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s ‘A Perfect Day’ (2005), ‘I Want to See’ (2008), and ‘The Lebanese Rocket Society’ (2012); Ghassan Salhab’s ‘The Last Man’ (2006) and ‘The Valley’ (2014); Georges Hashem’s ‘Stray Bullet’ (2010); Hany Tamba’s ‘Melodrama Habibi’ (2007); Mohamad Malas’s ‘Ladder to Damascus’ (2013); Vatche Boulghourjian’s ‘Tramontane’ (2016); Rana Eid's ‘Panoptic’ (2017); Mohamed Siam’s ‘Amal’ (2017); and Badih Massaad and Antoine Waked’s ‘A Certain Nasser’ (2017). Abbout Productions has a strong partnership with MC Distribution, a company dedicated to promoting new films from the Middle East along with direct and priority access to the sole art-house theatre in Lebanon, Metropolis Cinema. The company’s main objective remains to help structure Lebanese and Arab cinema craft into a solid industry.
Awards and Festival History
Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012, in Arab Feature Film Competition (Qatar)
Toronto International Film Festival 2012, Wavelengths (Canada)
Won Best Documentary Feature Film at Doha Tribecca Film Festival 2012 (Qatar)
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