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Maghreb-Orient Express

( Season 2020 )
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Marlene Edoyan, Yves Ubelmann, Saber Mansouri
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Marlene Edoyan, Yves Ubelmann, Saber Mansouri

The civil war in Lebanon has left deep scars in the political sphere and on society. The tensions are still latent in Beirut, where the director Marlene Edoyan films two very different women in her documentary "The Sea Between Us". Hayat and Wafaa, one Muslim and the other Christian, living in a country where Hezbollah and the Phalanges remain well-established political parties, and where neighbouring conflicts stir up bad memories. Is reconciliation possible in a city with invisible borders? The filmmaker observes ideologies via the spectrum of feminine perspectives. "The Sea Between Us" will start showing in Montreal, Quebec and Sherbrooke as of the 2nd of October 2020.
Since 2012, the war in Syria has ravaged the city of Aleppo. The civil population has paid a heavy price but so have the historic buildings of the millennial city. Even today, it is difficult to list what has been lost and what can be saved. Thanks to numerous on-the-ground missions, Yves Ubelmann and his teams from Iconem, specialised in the digitalisation of threatened heritage, have established 3D models of several monuments. "Aleppo, a 5000-year journey" is an immersive exhibition running until the 31st of January 2021 at the Boghossian Foundation in Brussels. The presidents of the foundation, Jean and Albert Boghossian, of Armenian origin and born in Aleppo, are keen that the European public discover the wealth and complexity of the Arab world and the Middle East.
"If you refuse to learn the language of Bossuet and Renan, you will never understand your history, the history of your country and the great fraternity that links Algeria and Tunisia; no, you will never understand the colony, the protectorate, the masculine and the feminine; you will never understand why we, the Bretons, suffered from war since century nineteen; you will never understand why people call you in turn Arabs, Muslims, Berbers, Moors, Barbary pirates, natives and who knows what else (...)". Fifteen years after their deaths, an old poet recounts, before the high court of reparation of past wrongs, the path and shared utopia of seven of his old friends condemned to death. "Sept morts audacieux et un poète assis" by Saber Mansouri, is published by Editions Elyzad.
# L'oeil de Slimane. At a time of conflict in the Caucasus, Slimane Zeghidour looks at the Armenian diaspora in Lebanon. #Atmosphère with cultural favourites from the guests.

Guests: Marlene Edoyan, filmmaker, director of "The Sea Between Us"; Yves Ubelmann, architect, president and cofounder of Iconem; Saber Mansouri, writer, author of "Sept morts audacieux et un poète assis"; Slimane Zeghidour, TV5MONDE editorialist.

Presented by: Mohamed Kaci.