Jim Quilty

  • Censors cut Civilisees in half

    Lebanese film-maker Randa Shahal Sabbag discovered on Wednesday that the Surete Generale will censor 47 minutes of her latest feature film Civilisees (The...

  • Telling our war stories

    You have to own a story to tell it well. This challenge faces all film-makers, but especially those addressing the Lebanese civil war. For 15 years the news...

  • A temporary arrangement

    A young man named Mouawad is showing a group of youngsters how to make a door frame. It sounds like a simple enough project. In this place, though, teaching...

  • A night in Corsica

    Mid-August is exhausting in Lebanon. It isn’t simply the thickening humidity of the coast. It’s also that Baalbek and Beiteddine are winding down or done,...

  • Beydoun praises Beirut as cultural capital for 1999

    Minister of Culture and Higher Education Mohammed Youssef Beydoun affirmed his government’s commitment to preserving the city’s architectural heritage...

  • Blowing the dust off Beiruti history

    The German Orient Institute of Beirut’s conference on “Arab Provincial Capitals in the Late Ottoman Empire” has attracted a unique blend of eminent academics...

  • Extending the heart of Hamra

    Chez Andre hosted a night of free food and drinks for friends and family Dec. 14 to celebrate the official opening of its “new wing.” The enormity of this...

  • Not forgotten

    Statistics can tell a bleak story. There are 3,500 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon today. There are still 1,500 people in Shatila camp. There, one night in...

  • A descent into rituals of death and renewal

    The popular perception of Australia is that place where lots of Lebanese have migrated. Every once in a while the migratory waves reverse and this country...

  • Recycling small-screen classics

    Was it Kirkegaard or Dick Van Patten who first compared the film industry to a sexual deviant? The sweaty-palmed industry, impatient to sow its loathsome...

  • Saving American pride

    War movies are a part of me. Growing up in my Irish-Catholic home town, no holiday evening was complete without watching a good war flick on television....

  • Nuances of conflict

    A Lebanese intellectual has suggested that if civil conflict cannot be resolved politically, then reconciliation has to take place culturally. This is an...

  • Political marriage

    “No civil marriage ­ no civil society.” This was just one of Elias Khouri’s off-the-cuff summaries of his attitude towards the post-Taif regime in...

  • The power of memory

    Believe it or not, Yaouled isn’t the only Lebanese feature playing at the Beirut Film Festival this year. Doueiri’s film is noteworthy for successfully...

  • The good the bad and the ugly

    - La Vie En Rose Ludovic is convinced God made a mistake. He should really have been born a girl. He likes dresses and dollies and at the tender age of seven...

  • Opening closed doors

    The film-maker “is not just a story teller. You have to give your opinion. Sometimes you have to be a poet. Sometimes you have to be a fanatic. I love this...

  • Five years to make an impact

    Right now we don’t have a film industry, only film-makers. You can tell we don’t have a film industry of our own by the way we’re always claiming other Arab...