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The Lebanese Rocket Society

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In the early 60’s, during the cold war and the apex of Pan Arabism, a group of utopian students and researchers enters the race to space and create the Lebanese Rocket Society. Sometimes, and specially nowadays, dreams can overtake a tormented history…

Running Time: 94 min.
Subject(s): History
Language(s): Arabic, English, French
Subtitles: English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Georges Schoucair, Edouard Mauriat
Cinematographer: Jeanne Lapoirie
Editor(s): Tina Baz
Production Company: Mille et une Production, Abbout Productions

Press

  • Chronic'art
    « A rich, complete movie, which also has the elegance to unfold with humor and lightness. »
  • L'Humanité
    « Rejoicing. The Hadjithomas-Joreige couple is undoubtedly the most inventive and adventurous couple in Lebanese cinema. »
  • Le Monde
    « Manoug Manougian had stored his childhood memories in boxes. Photographs, films, press clippings that testified to his incredible odyssey: trying to launch a rocket into space from Lebanon. »
  • Le Figaro Magazine
    « The Lebanese Rocket Society: A dream told by two filmmaking artists in a resolutely committed documentary with precious archival footage... this feature film sheds an interesting light on this extravagant story... »
  • France Info
    « A story completely hidden in Lebanon and that the filmmakers reactivate with humor to show the capacity of a country to dream. »
  • Elle
    « This ingenious investigative work is the pretext to show a rich, inventive country, endowed with an immeasurable sense of derision. »
  • Grazia
    « This amazing documentary gives credit to a country's crazy dream. »

Festival Participation

  • San Sebastian Festival - 2011
    Official Selection
  • TIFF - 2012
    Official Selection
  • CPH:DOX Film Festival - 2012
    Official Selection
  • Seville European Film Festival - 2012
    Official Selection
  • Doha International Film Festival - 2012
    Best Documentary Award
  • Cinéma du Réel - 2013
    Official Selection
  • Bafici International Film Festival - 2013
    Official Selection
  • Riviera Maya International Film Festival - 2013
    Official Selection
  • Durban International Film Festival - 2013
    Official Selection

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