Category Archives: Movies & Television

Four Lebanese movies coming out this fall

1- Habbet Loulou (حبة لولو) A movie by Layal M. Rajha

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In modern day Lebanon, in a country divided between those who have too little and those who have too much, three women try to defy their social labeling and incapability. “Habbet Loulou” is a story about illegitimate children, prostitution, and abortion. A heartfelt tale that streams from the veins running under the very streets of Lebanon.

2- Ghadi a film by Amin Dora, written by and starring Georges Khabbaz

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The trailer of Ghadi, a film by Amin Dora, a social comedy written by and starring Georges Khabbaz giving you a closer insight about a special kid and the struggles of his humble family. Expect strange phenomena to affect the behavior and beliefs of their little Lebanese town’s population.

3- BéBé Directed by Elie F. Habib

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This is a Lebanese Romantic Comedy about a 33 year old Mentally impaired girl who leaves her home for the first time alone, with a bag of one million dollars in cash.

4- Sleepless Nights (ليال بلا نوم) Directed by Eliane Raheb

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This documentary shows how an ordinary man get involved in the civil war by becoming responsible for the life and death of hundreds of people, the destruction he makes to himself and to the others, and how, after the war, when he feels guilty, he tries to regain his humanity by helping a mother to find his missing son. The film asks if there is still a place for the forgiveness between the different camps, and how to avoid an other war which could contribute to the destruction of a country and its people.

Omar Dean at X Factor Australia 2013

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I’ve been told this guy is Lebanese-Australian and is apparently a hot favorite for winning X Factor Australia. I tried looking online but couldn’t find anything on his [website] or [Facebook Page].

The only thing I found was this [post] on Lebomemes and his video shared on the Lebanese in Australia Facebook page.

Either way, he’s definitely impressing the judges so the best of luck to him!

Thanks Fouad!

Minister of Information Requests Warning against Marcel Ghanem for incitement to sedition

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I agree that the pictures displayed should have been verified and Kalam Ennas did apologize for that mistake but I fail to understand how those images managed to “ignite provocation and tensions and incite to sedition and destabilization in the country”.

In fact I don’t understand how Lebanon’s No.1 talk show gets a warning like that while other TV shows that keep the show running while their guests curse and insult each other get away with it. Personally speaking, I think Kalam Ennas is the only show that truly depicts the reality of what is happening and is worth watching.

Funnily enough, Prime Minister Mikati was not aware of the warning requested by the Information Minister and disagrees with its content.

If I were Marcel Ghanem, I would get Walid el Daouk on the next episode and ask him to explain to the viewers the reason for issuing such a warning.

On August 23, the talkshow’s producer and host displayed obnoxious images of charred bodies he claimed they belonged to the victims of a two deadly blasts in the northern city of Tripoli last week.

They photos later proved to be belonging to victims of a fatal fire at a Morocco bank in 2011.

In a letter to the National Audio-Visual Media Council, Daouk slammed Ghanem’s practice as unprofessional and irreverent, and not complying with the honor pact LBC had signed.

“Therefore, we hereby request the National Audio-Visual Media Council to urgently address Kalam el-Nas producer and host, Mr. Marcel Ghanem, with a warning over the content of his show igniting provocation and tensions and inciting to sedition and destabilization in the country, in an express violation of the terms upon which the institution was given broadcast license and of Law 382/94,” Daouk said in the letter. [Source]

Ghadi The Movie – Trailer

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It says social comedy but the trailer looks depressing.

The trailer of Ghadi, a film by Amin Dora, a social comedy written by and starring Georges Khabbaz giving you a closer insight about a special kid and the struggles of his humble family. Expect strange phenomena to affect the behavior and beliefs of their little Lebanese town’s population.

BlogBaladi quoted on LBCI

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BlogBaladi mentioned at Minute 1:46

I posted about online gambling sites getting blocked over a month ago, yet the issue is still unresolved and no one understands why only 23 websites were blocked and not more.

In all cases, this won’t stop Lebanese from accessing those websites but let’s hope this decision doesn’t set a precedent to blocking other types of websites in the future.

Was It Wrong to Share The Video of Amina Ismail?

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Ever since I posted the video of the Lebanese man filming his wife committing suicide, I got complaints from people asking me to remove it/ report it claiming that it’s inappropriate.

To be honest, I saw the video again and again and didn’t find anything violent or graphic. What disturbed me the most was the idea of a man taking the time to film his wife while she was committing suicide instead of preventing her because filming her obviously didn’t help. Having said that, I understand that it must be horrible for her family to see the video and they have every right to ask for its removal and I will be the first one to take it out, but I think the way the video went viral helped shed the light on few serious matters:

1- Some are saying there’s a longer version of the video where the husband is filming the whole house before he spotted his wife about to jump and kept filming. As convincing as this may sound, I still find his reaction really weird but I’ll wait for any investigation results to come out.

2- How did the video reach a local TV knowing that it was in the hands of the Internal Security Forces? Why didn’t the TV consult with the proper authorities before uploading it? Were any measures taken against the officer who leaked it?

3- There’s a shadow of a man holding something in his hand as shown above in the video. Some are suggesting there was someone else and others are saying this might be some tool the man is holding or I don’t know what. LBC clarified that matter too by showing that those were keys.

4- Eye witnesses are saying it took almost 45 minutes for any ambulance to show up which Luna clarified in her interview with the Red Cross.

I know those are all speculations but I hope we will figure out what happened as it is very hard to believe that a woman would throw herself like that for no reason after she just got married, and her husband would be standing there filming her while she commits suicide (He also attended her funeral). I am not accusing anyone of anything but it is out of respect for the victim and her husband that a proper investigation takes places specially after the video spread.

Unfortunately, I have a feeling this tragic incident will end up like other unresolved mysteries in Lebanon.

In all cases, my sincere condolences to the family of the victim and her husband.