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Permanent state of emergency

ESSAY: Power goes out, exchange rates fluctuate, bread prices explode, fuel disappears. There are also still traces of the explosion. Yet Beirut's hard-pressed citizens time and again manage to find a foothold in chaos. And the chaos is contributing to Beirut never becoming a clean-up city.

The Arab Spring and us – ten years later

ESSAY: The Arab Spring has mainly been a revolt against inequality. What was the result?

When corruption comes to life

BEIRUT: In its ultimate consequence, corruption contributes to the loss of human life. We saw it in Bangladesh when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in 2013.

The war reporter close to the truth

Yung Chang: This Is Not A Movie – Robert Fisk And The Politics Of Truth

PORTRAIT MOVIE: War reporter Robert Fisk has the courage to monitor and challenge. He is known for reporting from the front lines contrary to the official line of politicians and people in power.

The people of Lebanon do not give up

LEBANON"We will go home when the government goes home," said protesters at Riad al-Solh in Beirut.

Breaking the silence of the Lebanese civil war

Daniele Rugo, Abi Weaver: About a War

THE WAR IN LEBANON: About a War shows how understanding history can contribute to reconciliation and progress in a society where it is still taboo to talk about the past.

Clouds of lies

Ghassan Halwani: Erased, __ Ascent of the Invisible Director

: An overwhelming number of disappearance cases remain unresolved in Lebanon.

To understand Hezbollah

Sarah Marusek: Faith and Resistance: The Politics of Love and War in Lebanon

: Hezbollah has Islamized the class struggle. Faith gives strength to an ignored population, concludes author and researcher Sarah Marusek after two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Lebanon.

That talk is taboo

Ziad Doueiri: insult

: When Lebanese-born Ziad Doueiri launched his new film, he considered it highly likely that the Lebanese authorities would ban the film because of its controversial content.  

The price of freedom

: Danielle Arbid

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

They forgot the power of memories

Ziad Kalthoum Germany / Lebanon / Syria / United Arab Emirates / Qatar: Taste of Cement

: A strong film about Beirut's construction workers won at Visions du Réel in Switzerland. 

The eyes closed for the future

: The flow of the month for abo: The dream of a lost homeland is the only thing the refugees have left, as they are portrayed in this documentary. How can one then face the future?

A wonderful city, a sad city

: Beirut: Disaster has its own logic – slow, slow, people live their lives. How does a crisis manifest itself? What signs should we learn to read? And what does it mean to write in a time like now?