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Lebanese Focus: Trapped

24 March

Throughout history, the people of Lebanon have struggled to find common ground and live in harmony amidst their diverse social, religious, economic and cultural backgrounds. This country of “opposites” is in a constant search for its identity, reflecting the delicate balance between its various factions. 

Beirut Shorts’ two-programme Lebanese Focus at GSFF23 sheds light on the complex, dialectic relationship between the cause and effect of greed, violence, destruction and the determined fate of the country.

Trapped deals with the pressures of social constructs and norms, and the structures that constrain its characters. Exploring family dynamics and personal identity, these films try to find paths to different forms of freedom. Including Sundance 2022 award winner Warsha.

This programme is curated and presented by Nicolas Khabbaz from Beirut Shorts, who will be present alongside Warsha director Dania Bdeir. 

After the screening, join us in CCA Theatre for a live music and dance performance by Khansa, the lead in Warsha.

GSFF23's Lebanese Focus is generously supported by British Council. 

All films captioned for d/Deaf viewers.

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The Perfect Picture

In a therapy session setting, Filmmaker Hala El Kouch confronts her parents about a traumatic event.

On the Ropes

In Lebanon, a family’s life is suspended, stuck in limbo, like everything else in the country.


As her marital life decays, Mariam discovers she's pregnant.


A Syrian migrant working as a crane operator in Beirut volunteers to cover a shift on one of the most dangerous cranes, where he is able to find his freedom.

  • Recommended age 15+
  • Duration 1h30m
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