The Hashish Connection [1988] in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley

One of the blog's readers sent me a link to an 1988 documentary on the illegal trade of Hashish in the Bekaa valley. The documentary is called The Hashish Connection and is available, not for free though, on and . Hashish is still being grown in the Bekaa valley and the trade is protected by armed groups with the "blessing" of certain political parties of course. There have been several calls to legalize weed in…

Short Film: #Lebanon Wins the World Cup

I posted about this short film three years ago when they had just released the trailer. Now that the World Cup is back, I just noticed the movie is out. Here's the synopsis: Beirut, on the eve of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, two battle hardened veterans - a Christian and a Muslim - who fought each other in the Lebanese civil war prepare to support their favorite team Brazil. More than just a celebration,…
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Niyyel El Beit-Beit Khalteh Cast Reunited After 20 Years

4 months ago
Who remembers Dara? Farmi? Kamal? Samer? Gina? Jocanda? Saber and others from the old TV series Niyyel El Beit-Beit Khalteh? They shared yesterday a picture celebrating 20 years of the show on Facebook. I had ...
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Lebanese TV Channels that You May Have Never Heard Of

5 months ago
If you ask me about old Lebanese TV channels that were shut down, I can think of C33 and ICN but there’s more. I came across a FB post by a friend and an old ...
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Nadine Labaki, Becomes Second Lebanese Director, First Female Director, To Clinch Cannes’ Jury Prize

5 months ago
Nadine Labaki may not be the first Lebanese director to win the Jury Prize at Cannes but she is the first Lebanese female director to do so, and the first Arab filmmaker to win an ...
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Can Nadine Labaki’s “Capharnaum” Win The Palme d’Or?

5 months ago
Nadine Labaki’s latest film, “Capharnaum“, earned a massive 15-minute standing ovation following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and people are already favoring her for winning Cannes’ top honor on Saturday. The distribution rights ...
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Movie Review: Deadpool 2 [2018] **Spoiler Free**

5 months ago
It’s f*cking hilarious! I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say it. It was more fun to watch than Infinity War! Not in every aspect of course, I do understand they’re very different ...
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Movie Review: Avengers Infinity War [2018]

6 months ago
Marvel has spent 10 years building up to this movie, ever since Nick Fury approached Tony Stark in the first Iron Man Movie in 2008. Their efforts culminated in one extraordinary show of action, humor ...
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Nadine Labaki ‘s Movie “Capharnaüm (Capernaum)” is Competing for the Palme D’or This Year!

7 months ago
The official selection for the 71st Cannes Film Festival was just announced and Nadine Labaki’s movie “Capharnaüm (Capernaum)” is officially competing for the Palme D’or! The movie was directed Nadine Labaki and co-written by Michelle ...
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Beirut’s “Green Line” Through the Eyes of Lebanese photographer Patrick Baz

7 months ago
Just like many Beirutis, war was the new normal for Lebanese Photographer Patric Baz who used live along Beirut’s Green line during the Lebanese civil war. At age 17, he picked up his father’s camera ...
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