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My Heart Beats Only For Her

My Heart Beats Only For Her

Original Title: Ma Hataftu Li Ghayriha
Director: Mohamed Soueid
Lebanon | Arabic, English,Vietnamese
2008 | 86min. | Colour and B&W
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: Digital Betacam
All Ages
A son retraces his father's journeys among the ranks of revolutionary fighters in Lebanon in the 1970s, guided by a notebook and sketchy autobiographical notes. Borrowing its title from one of Fatah's anthems, Mohammed Soueid's third feature-length documentary, My Heart Beats Only for Her, delves into the scantily recorded experience of Fatah's famous Student Brigade. The film's structure is essentially a reflection on two generations, a father who dreamed of revolution and fame, Vietnam and Hollywood, and his son, a filmmaker, lost between the superlative mythology of Dubaï and Beirut, once the Arab Hanoi. Soueid mixes elements of autobiography, documentary, and fiction to intimate viewers into the lapsed universe of men who were once epic heroes and now are disappeared, lost, or anonymous. With this film, we see them for the first time as fathers and see the world their sons have inherited to dream about change and shape a meaningful life.

---Rasha Salti

Director,  Mohamed Soueid

Director,  Mohamed Soueid

Born in 1959, Beirut, Lebanon, Mohamed Soueid began a career in film criticism where he wrote weekly columns for Al-Safir daily newspaper, as well as for the weekly cultural supplement (Al-Mulhak) of An-Nahar daily newspaper. After working as an assistant director for a number of filmmakers, he directed his first film “Absence' in 1990, and then went on to produce and direct his own documentaries and TV works, including among others his autobiographical trilogy full-length documentaries “Tango of Yearning' (1998), “Nightfall' (2000) and “Civil War' (2002), followed by “The Sky Is Not Always Above (2007), “My Heart Beats Only For Her' (TV) and “How Bitter My Sweet' (2009). He is currently working on a new project titled “A Spell of Absence'. Apart from his films, he co-wrote the screenplay “Bab El Shams' adapted from a novel by Elias Khoury and directed by the Egyptian filmmaker Yousri Nasrallah. Mohamed Soueid is also the author of three books: “Suspended Cinema: Lebanese Civil War Films' (film essay, 1986), “ History of Movie Theatres in Old Beirut'(non fiction,1996) and “Cabaret Souad' (novel, 2004). - From FIF

Cast and Crew

Music
Nadim Mishlawi
Producer
O3 Productions
Director of Photography
Nadim Mishlawi
Editor
Pamela Ghanimeh
Cinematographer
Pamela Ghanimeh
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