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Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige. Around the Pink House, 1999

Safar: Around the Pink House + Director Q&A

20 Sep 2014

One of the most popular Lebanese films of the late 1990s, Around the Pink House is a story that explores the changing urban landscape of Beirut after the Civil War.

La maison rose (the pink house) is an old mansion in Beirut where the Nawfal family found shelter during the Civil War. Unfortunately for them, their immediate environment is rapidly changing, as many of the old shell-ridden buildings are being torn down and replaced by new construction projects. When Mattar, the owner of the pink house, decides to sell it to make room for a large commercial centre, the residents of the neighbourhood become divided between the shopkeepers and businessmen in favour of a different kind of modernity.

Followed by a post-screening Q&A with director Khalil Joreige.

Read the Safar 2014 blog post by the Arab British Centre about Around the Pink House

Lebanon | 1999 | Dir: Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige | 92 mins | Cert: 12

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