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The price of freedom

The sexuality of Lebanese Danielle Arbid's films is an expression of protest, struggle and rebellion against taboos. 

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

Danielle Arbid debuted with the short film Raddem the same year that Ziad Doueiri put Lebanon on the map with the movie West Beirut i 1998. Like other Lebanese artists who grew up during the civil war of the 70 and 80 centuries, several of Arbid's films are about the country's lack of settlement with the past, about the war between Muslims and Christians and about the situation of the Palestinians. In her short films, she experiments with various artistic and thematic expressions, in her documentary films she explores the social and political consequences of the Lebanese civil war. In her feature films, on the other hand, she draws on more personal experiences related to family and belonging, and examines the connection between Lebanon and France more indirectly.

Banned in Beirut. Already as a 12-year-old, Arbid knew she wanted to leave Beirut – away from the war and her family – and become a journalist. As a 17-year-old, 30 years ago, she came to Paris to study. With subjects such as literature and journalism and eventually a job as a Middle Eastern commentator for La Libération. . .

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Camilla Chams
Chams has previously translated Pasolini's book of poems Asken's poet into Norwegian and is a research fellow at the University of Oslo.

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