Le­banese In­ter­nauts Re­act to Film­maker Ziad Doueiri’s Air­port Ar­rest

Renowned French-le­banese di­rec­tor Ziad Doueiri had just set foot in Beirut for the pre­miere of his highly ac­claimed, award­win­ning new movie The In­sult, star­ring Adel Karam, when he was ar­rested by au­thor­i­ties at the air­port. His de­ten­tion was shortly fol­lowed by a mil­i­tary ques­tion­ing about his 2012 film The At­tack which was partly filmed in Is­rael, and was the main trig­ger be­hind his sur­pris­ing air­port ar­rest. The in­ci­dent was largely picked on by Le­banese Face­book users, who took to the plat­form to write sta­tuses sup­port­ing the film­maker and con­demn­ing his de­ten­tion. Doueiri was later re­leased with­out charge af­ter his in­ter­ro­ga­tion by the tri­bunal and both his Le­banese and French pass­ports were re­turned to him. In his in­ter­views with the me­dia, he said his de­ten­tion was clearly timed to dis­rupt the re­lease of The In­sult, which had just re­ceived re­mark­able praise from crit­ics at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val, prior to its Le­banese pre­miere.

Fa­mous Su­per­heroes Get a Strik­ing Le­banese Makeover in New An­i­mated Web Se­ries

Have you ever won­dered what your fa­vorite su­per­heroes would be like if they were Le­banese? Le­banese Su­per­heroes, a new se­ries of an­i­mated shorts cre­ated by mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary cre­ative di­rec­tor, film­maker, ac­tor and co­me­dian Elie Iskan­dar, tack­les just that! Re­leased on Septem­ber 23, the first episode takes on the Le­banese Spiderman (Spiderman el Lebnene) who is seen smok­ing shisha on the roof of a build­ing at the start of the episode be­fore he gets caught up in the elec­tric­ity wires and elec­tro­cuted while at­tempt­ing to save a scream­ing woman nearby, all in the span of just 51 sec­onds of animation. With a dis­tinct Le­banese feel, fun graph­ics and a suc­cinct buildup, the se­ries looks promis­ing and worth keep­ing an eye on, no­tably in the ab­sence of en­ter­tain­ing an­i­mated con­tent of the sort on Le­banese so­cial me­dia to­day.

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