Film: The Lebanese Rocket Society

The Lebanese Rocket Society

 

by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

The Strange Tale of the Lebanese Space Race

 

In the early 60’s, during the cold war and apex of Pan Arabism, a group of students led by researcher Manoug Manougian enters the race to space and create the Lebanese Rocket Society. The intention of the group was to create and launch rockets for space study and exploration.

They produced the first rocket of the Arab World. The project had no military character and was aimed at promoting science and research. These days, considering the world divisions and the bellicose attitudes, it would be unconceivable to allow a small team of dreamers to launch rockets into the skies of the Middle East. This adventure now plays out as anecdote in the course of history, a story kept secret.

Through their work with documents, archives and animation as well as reconstitutions and art installations, the artists attempt to question this story and the ideas of reenactment, reconstitution and restaged in the present time.

See the film’s trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs0OtXyMbdE

 

Full list of screenings:

Tues 15th Oct – OxDox Film Festival, Ultimate Picture Palace (preview)

Tues 15th Oct – The Electric Cinema, London (preview + Q&A with Joana and Khalil hosted by Kaleem Aftab)

Thurs 17th Oct – Hackney Picturehouse (preview + Q&A with Joana hosted by Omar Kholeif)

Thurs 17th Oct – The Arnolfini (preview + artist discussion with Khalil, see: http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/the-film-exercise-3)

Friday 18th Oct – Opens at the ICA for 2 weeks

Friday 18th Oct – Opens at the Ritzy (TBC, not yet confirmed)

Friday 18th Oct – Opens at the Glasgow Film Theatre

Friday 18th Oct – Opens at Tyneside Picturehouse

Friday 18th Oct – Opens at Nottingham Broadway Cinema 

Sunday 20th Oct – One-off screening, Brighton DOY

Monday 21st Oct – One-off screening, Manchester Cornerhouse + Q&A

Friday 25th Oct – Opens at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

Friday 25th Oct – 2 shows tbc at Lexi Cinema, Kilburn London

Tues 29th Oct – One-off screening, Hyde Park Picturehouse Leeds

Sun 3rd Nov – 3 shows, Dundee Contemporary Arts

Weds 6th Nov – One-off screening, CCA Glasgow 

Mon 11th Nov – 3 shows, Eden Court Theatre

Weds 13th Nov – One-off screening, Mosaic Rooms, London

Tues 19th Nov – One-off screening as part of Come Along Do at Chapter Arts, Cardiff

Fri 29th Nov – 2 shows, Ipswich Film Theatre

 

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