2019 Lebanese Film Festival17 Aug 2019
We are shaped by the world around us - the sights, sounds and experiences. By the same token, film is shaped by the context in which it is set and filmed. For film makers in Lebanon and across the world, their experience is shared through what they stage behind the lens.
The St.George Lebanese Film Festival (LFF), proudly in its eighth year, is about providing a platform to celebrate what the film makers create for us to share to audiences across Australia.
This year’s program presents some comic, insightful and confronting content in the form of feature, short, documentary and mockumentary films from Lebanon and beyond. There are two key messages that resonate in this year’s program.
Firstly, Lebanese producers are a growing part of the international cinema landscape. Films like Rafiki and Divine Wind are filmed in Kenya and Algeria respectively, yet are examples of Lebanese co-productions that involve an international effort in film making.
Second, Lebanese in Australia are growing contributors to the Australian cinema landscape. The program includes four local productions including Kairos (Paul Barakat), Silenced (Amy Tuxworth) and The Strength of Lace (Bankstown Youth Development Service). One film we’re especially proud of Palm Beach (Rachel Ward), with LFF patron, Bryan Brown as lead actor and our very own Jessica Khoury as Producer’s Assistant and Create NSW Attachment.
Bankstown Central is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Lebanese Film Festival.