BELLYDANCE VOGUE + MOSS AGATE
Saturday, October 2, 3:00pm
BELLYDANCE VOGUE (2020, DCP, 5m, Lebanon, Arabic with English subtitles) dir Hadi Moussally. Experimental short/Music video. Hadi’s birthday landed on the 3rd of April, 2020, during lockdown, and for the first time he celebrated it all by himself.
MOSS AGATE (2020, DCP, 68m, Lebanon, Arabic with French and English subtitles) dir Sélim Mourad w/Tamara Saade, François Yazbek, Elie Boudjok. Hybrid documentary. Beirut, summer 2019. The filmmaker experiences a descent into the abyss. His health is at stake and his film community is falling apart. His actress friend Tamara is the last one to leave. After his death, Tamara meets François, a man with whom she falls in love, but memories of the past keep coming back to her. She reconnects with a different filmmaker, and they start playing with precious stones. They do not know their dance is sacred. Amethyst, ruby, and agates pass like magic from hand to hand. Meanwhile, the filmmaker’s mother gives birth to him again. He doesn’t remember much of his previous self, yet he starts a spiritual journey that will lead him back to Tamara. Both of them move to an unlikely place outside the city that they love.