We Felt Again That Everything is New
Category: AFAC-ACSS Research on the Arts Program
What was the nature of the relation between leftist and progressive cinematic production and social movement activity emerging from 1970s and 80s Lebanon? How did cinema serve simultaneously as a mirror or a critique of leftist political project? Similarly, what were the horizons of distribution and circulation for the cinematic works, and to what extent did these contribute to a critical local dialogue on movement practice from the grassroots. The proposed monograph is an analytic-artist study of Arab militant cinema of the 1970s and 80s in relation to the social movements in Lebanon and beyond with which they interacted. The book actively maps a constellation of films, filmmakers, workers, organizations, affinities, ideas and practices that together comprised a distinct moment of political possibility. Taking an ethnographic-historical approach, combined with close-reading of films, and direct written interventions by the study’s participants, the text aspires to be useful for artists, scholars and activists alike.