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Image from Sarah Francis's documentary "Birds of September" that is now showing at Cannes

Bringing Lebanese cinema to Cannes

Bringing Lebanese cinema to Cannes

Reading Time: 3 minutes Starting today, film industry elite from all over the world will gather in the south of France for the Cannes film festival. Among the crowds will be a delegation from Lebanon including representatives from Fondation Liban Cinema and the Lebanese Tourism Office in Paris, a small team out to educate festival goers on the history

The 3D animated movie “The Prophet”, based on Gebran Khalil Gebran’s book, will premiere during this year’s Festival de Cannes.

“The Prophet” heads to Cannes

Reading Time: < 1 minute The long awaited 3D animated movie “The Prophet”, based on Gebran Khalil Gebran’s book, will be partially screened for the first time during this year’s Cannes Festival on Saturday, May 17. The movie, produced by Salma Hayek and directed by Roger Allers (who was behind “The Lion King”) gathers a group of internationally acclaimed artists:

Protesters wave flags and banners during the march

In photos: Misery and cheer

Reading Time: < 1 minute There are more than a quarter of a million foreign migrant domestic workers (MDW) in Lebanon, according to the International Labor Organization. Yet damning reports from New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch and local women’s rights group KAFA make clear that the majority of these people do not enjoy proper legal protections. Sometimes, this results in tragedy: a worker abused by her employers or another

An astronaut takes a selfie in space

Selfie mania

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ah, the selfie! The modern day self-portrait gone digital. #selfie #instagood #instamood There’s nothing quite like it to spice up our Facebook newsfeeds and to make Instagram the unique photo shrine that it is. There are two main types of selfies that abound, in addition to endless sub-categories. The first is the ‘center of the

The HitchHike Girls – Can They Make It?

Reading Time: 2 minutes A few ago weeks, Mona Talih, Lara Talih and Shaden Fakih were just three typical distracted students. Then, a spur of the moment decision started them down the path to trading cans of energy drink for anything and everything in a desperate race to get across Europe. That decision was to submit a video with

The enduring power of memes

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Let’s make a Happy video!” “Let’s do the Harlem Shake.” “Planking? Yes, of course. Check out my photos.” “Oh look it’s another Grumpy Cat!” You’d have to be living under a rock not to be familiar with memes, which are according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to

Beautiful video shows all the Gulf’s flights in one day

Reading Time: < 1 minute The rise of Dubai International Airport has been rather remarkable. Initially opened in the 1960s, it remained something of a relative backwater until the turn of the century. Yet in the 16 years since the launching of the second terminal in 1998, the airport’s growth – like the United Arab Emirates’ in general – has

Lebanon to ‘rejoin space race’

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Republic of Lebanon is set to reignite its space program, more than 40 years after the first Lebanese rocket ascended 140 kilometers into the thermosphere. In a landmark decision, the new government is seeking funding for a multimillion dollar program that could see the country send an astronaut into space within a decade, sources

A man stretching

Down on the Corniche

Reading Time: < 1 minute On any given weekend, a stroll down Beirut’s Corniche will reveal dozens of people trying to get healthy. With summer around the corner, we went down to see how people are preparing.  

A map of Mar Mikhael’s bars

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Mar Mikhael district of Beirut is undoubtedly the city’s most fashionable right now. Its rise has been so rapid that it can be a challenge just keeping on top of all the latest bars. For that reason we present below a map of the bars, restaurants and cafés in the area. You can even