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DDocumentary Competition

1958

1958

Original Title: 1958
Director: Ghassan Salhab
Lebanon | Arabic, English, French
2009 | 66min. | Colour and B&W
Subtitles: English
Format: Digital Betacam
All Ages
The year 1958 marks two events: first, the birth of the filmmaker in Senegal; second, the beginning, in his parents' native country of Lebanon, of a serious internal conflict that will result in a long series of civil wars. 1958, the film, then, is an intertwining of a private history with national histories that mixes themes covering exile, colonization, and Lebanese politics as much as linguistic diversity. Yet a figure gradually begins to stand out as the center of this maelstrom: the mother of Ghassan Salhab. It is around her, her face, and her evocations that the images of the events of that time in Lebanon and in Africa take shape, and shape too the images of today as much as the thoughts carried by the director's voice. It is she who allows each piece of information to be handed over incarnate, perceptible, charged with an unusual and heady physical presence. ---Jean-Pierre Rehm, FIDMarseille 2009

Director,  Ghassan Salhab

Director,  Ghassan Salhab

Ghassan Salhab was born in Dakar, Senegal, and teaches film at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. Associated with Beirut’s ’90s generation of visual and performing artists who reached maturity in the wake of the country’s 1975–90 civil war, Salhab is Lebanon’s most productive art house film director. His four features as writer/director include Phantom Beirut (1998), Terra Incognita (2002), 1958 (2009) and The Mountain (2010). They have been complemented by a “creative documentary' and a handful of video art.

Cast and Crew

Director
Ghassan Salhab
Cast
Zahia Salhab, Aouni Kawas
Music
Vasks, Wodden Shjips, Scelsi, Asmahan
Screenwriter
Ghassan Salhab
Editor
Simon El Habre
Cinematographer
Sarmad Louis
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