THURSDAY - JUNE 9
World Premiere (WP), North American Premiere (NAP); Canadian Premiere (CP), Ontario Premiere (OP), Toronto Premiere (TP).
GIRLS FOR CHANGE
Girls for Change is a series of short films produced by the Beirut Film Society and Beirut International Women Film Festival. It takes its name from an initiative created and developed by the Beirut Film Society to train Lebanese and Syrian girls between 13 and 18 years of age who are living in the most vulnerable areas of Lebanon.
Girls for Change 2022 is dedicated to the survivors of the Beirut explosion on August 4, 2020. Produced in partnership with UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), UNFPA (UN Population Fund), and UNODC (UN Office on Drugs and Crime), these films depict the impact of the blast on the lives of the young filmmakers, and their hopes for a better Lebanon. For more information: beirutwomenfilmfestival.com, beirutfilmsociety.org
Sam Lahoud – Founder/Chair, Beirut Film Society &
Founder/Director, Beirut International Women Film Festival
*For more details.
GIRLS FOR CHANGE
LITTLE MOMENTS FROM BEIRUT directed by Meghety Derharoutyounian
Each falling petal merged with a drop of blood: on that day, the day our capital was destroyed, children of Beirut suffered. These traumatized children of today will be the future leaders of tomorrow, who will make sure to heal the wounds of Beirut.
BEIRUT directed by Lory Maljian
On the 4th of August, our little Beirut woke up just like her children, doing her daily activities of traffic, demonstrations, and busy summer days. Suddenly, Beirut was shot right in the heart, her children, her youth, and her immigrants left to cure her pain.
WHERE THERE IS LOVE, THERE IS BEIRUT directed by Lea Baghamian
After the Beirut blast, Lia decides to help in cleaning the streets of the city. While cleaning, something catches her eye: SOLIDARITY.
BEIRUT directed by Maria Toutikian
Rim, a 16-year-old Lebanese girl, decides to take a walk in the streets of the capital to capture its beauty, to remind her father that Beirut is still full of life.
REMEMBER – Collective work by Girls for Change participants
A clear statement is being said by a young girl: the Beirut blast won’t be forgotten even if hundreds of days have passed. We want justice – for us, for Beirut, and for our Lebanon.
7 TIMES directed by Elvira Zeytounsian
Beirut has fallen several times, but with the help of its people, it will revive again.
MY WORLD directed by Christina Barbara
United in one world, we are one.
BEIRUT directed by Aline Belbol
While playing with her Lego in the playground, 13-year-old Beirut is startled by an unusual sound. She closes her eyes, surrendering to the event she has witnessed, but her people refuse to leave her. Cleaning the streets, fixing the damaged buildings, giving away food and clothes, trying every way possible to hold her hand, to make her stand up again and rebuild her Lego name.