The 9th edition of Beirut Cinema Days kicks off today at Cinemacity Beirut Souks in the Lebanese capital. Held under the patronage of his excellency Dr Ghattas El Khoury, the Minister of Culture, the annual film extravaganza will run until March 24. Also known as Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya, this year’s festival explores the theme of immigration in cinema, and will feature a selection of productions from countries across the Arab world, from Tunisia to Palestine.
The screenings cover a spectrum of categories and genres, including documentaries, short movies, independent films, and work by emerging Arab directors. Some of the highly anticipated flicks showing include Rabih (Tramontane) directed by Lebanese film-maker Vatche Boulghourjian; Mohammed Ben Attia’s Hedi; and We are Just Fine Like This, a short by Mehdi M Barsaoui, which won the Muhr for Best Short Film at the 2016 Dubai International Film Festival. The Palestinian documentary Ghost Hunting by Raed Andoni, which won the Best Documentary Award at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, will close the festival.