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Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

Lebanese Rocket Society

United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, France

Producers: Georges Schoucair

Production Company: Abbout Productions

Project Logline:

In Lebanon in the early ’60s, a professor of mathematics and his students at Haigazian University designed and launched rockets for study and the exploration of space. This space program was joined by other researchers, under the control of the army and with the financial contribution of the state. Despite its success, the project came suddenly to an end in 1967 and vanished from memory. This film relates the story of this space adventure through testimonies, archival films and documents.

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige work together as film directors, visual artists and video directors. Their films have been selected and awarded by prestigious film festivals and been released worldwide. Their work has been exhibited in a number of art galleries and international museums. They are published authors and have taught scriptwriting and experimental cinema for 15 years in Lebanon.