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SMILE! YOU ARE IN SOUTH LEBANON


Directed by | Dalia Al Kury

Genre documentary  |  Length: 50mins  |  Year of production: 2008


While the politicians of the world are focused on saving Lebanon from a potential civil war and a failed election, director Dalia Al Kury goes on a family visit to south Lebanon and focuses the lens on her animated uncle Rami, who would much rather be swimming, little Mariam who is learning how to walk, and Ali, the courageous farmer who is giving his banana tree a “Caesarean Section.” The result is an intimate and vibrant family portrait, which exposes the strength of a brand of dark Lebanese humour a resource which has helped this family and their compatriots cope with wars still too fresh in their memories. Al Kury’s snappy editing and eye for comedy furnish us with a warm glimpse of southern Lebanon seen through one family’s daily acts of labour and love.