The Huntley Film Archives have digitized and uploaded some more old footage from Lebanon and uploaded them onto YouTube. Some of them have details like their dates but most don’t and none have any sound. Check them out below:
Check out this awesome old footage from 1943 showing French troops patrolling the streets of Beirut to keep order as well as Lebanese people demonstrating and cheering in the streets. I couldn’t embed it but you can watch it [Here].
If you skip to Minute 1:26, you will see Amine Gemayel giving an interviewing to a French TV. Amine Gemayel was 33 years old back then and Sami is almost the same age now and he sounds and looks (Unless he cuts his hair) almost exactly like his father.
This is a fictional map created by David Hury on his blog “Chroniques Beyrouthines”an old map showing how the Metro could have been in Beirut. Metros and trains are much needed in Lebanon to cut down on traffic and congestion in the cities but we won’t be having any of them anytime soon, even if we manage to extract oil.
While looking for pictures of old Beirut, I found this fictional Metro map from 2009 on MappingBeirut. It was created in order to “add another virtual layer to the psychological and physical labyrinth of the city, focusing on the ever-present demarcation lines that were splitting Beirut during the long period of the civil war, and its relation to the social environment in post-war Beirut.” You can check the full post [Here].
He still has President Camille Chamoun’s picture in his shop. No wonder he lost hope in Lebanon if he had lived the golden years and seen what we’ve come to.
In 1965, at the age of 27, he finally opened his own barber shop. A lot has changed since then: “Gemmayzeh was different! Nowadays it’s all about pubs and cafes!” He is nostalgic for those days when everyone used to know everyone, regardless of their religion, and when Beirut was a prosperous city inhabited by a peaceful community.
When we started talking about the old, pre-82 Beirut a small smile crossed his face, he put his hand on his right cheek and started staring at the sky. When we talked about the Beirut of nowadays his smile disappeared. “I wish hope would still exist in Beirut,” he said. [NowLebanon]
If you thought the Tripoli clashes are recent ones and due to the situation in Syria, check out these old pictures from the 1970s and 1980s posted by NakedBana2. I guess we will never learn.
Tripoli Clashes in 1985
The civil society is rallying to protest against the killings and clashes in the city and an ongoing campaign entitled “Tripoli, a weapons-free city” has been launched months ago, but I doubt that they will have any impact on the clashes as the origins of the conflict are deeply rooted and have been there for 30 years now.
Here’s a nice report by BBC Arabic on the social, economic and personal effects of the sectarian clashes between Jabal Mohsen and Bab al Tabbaneh.