Reverse-Shot: Diary of a Struggle

A documentary from within and about the struggle in Beirut this past Summer which was sparked by the garbage crisis, leading to a series of demonstrations, actions that reached new levels of consciousness. This is a diary of the evolution of the demonstrations, their themes, their chants, their spirit, as well as a personal account of the struggle.

  • May Kassem
    Nourhane, a child's dream (2016) see resume (attached file) for Filmmography and more details
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    Personal, Political, Social
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    26 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 8, 2016
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    720p, 16mm (Color Negative)
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Director Biography - May Kassem

Born in Beirut in 1975, May Kassem is a filmmaker, screenwriter and teacher, who has made short 16mm films, videos, documentaries, and animated films.
Her work has focused on the impact of art on society (Organized Freedom is Compulsory – 1994 / Pre-revolutionary art is the Art of the Revolution - 1996), as well as the marginalization of segments of urban populations such as migrant Syrian construction workers in Lebanon (Joker -1998), and the plight of undocumented immigrants in Paris (Qui écrira l'histoire – 1996).
May presents two music programs on 96.2 FM Radio Liban « Poivre Noir, Piment Rouge » (world music) as well as « Champ Sonore » (electronic, contemporary music, and sound-scapes). She teaches Screenwriting and works as a script-doctor. May is currently working on a the third part of her documentary series around the radio, focusing on the end of electromagnetic wave transmission, as well as an exploration of some notions of astrophysics and some existential issues.
She is also working on a more personal documentary essay, based on her audio-visual archives, mnemotechnics and resistance.
May lives in Beirut. For the time being.

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Director Statement

All sound over video footage is diegetic (except for the opening / testimony, and conclusion voice-overs). All 16mm footage as is, silently witnessing, being, revealing something beyond time...