My Father Is Still a Communist

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    My Father Is Still a Communist

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    Lebanon

    2011

    32 min

    • Arabic

    Documentary, Short

    Through a large collection of letters recorded on audio cassettes over a period of ten years, Ahmad Ghossein chronicles the story of his parents Rashid Ghossein and Mariam Hamadeh, who were married during the civil war and then separated for many years while Rashid went abroad to look for work — during which time the young Ahmad invented stories that his absent father was a war hero fighting for the Communist Party.

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    Ahmad Ghossein

    Ahmad Ghossein

    Lebanon

    Ahmad Ghossein born in Beirut in 1981, is a Filmmaker and video artist. He graduated from the National Academy of Art in Oslo. He won the Best Director Prize at the Beirut Int. Film Festival 2004 for his short film OPERATION NB. His short film MY FATHER IS STILL A COMMUNIST, commissioned by Sharja Art Foundation 2011, won Best short film award in Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2011. Ahmad has directed several documentaries, short films and videos. Other works include: 210m (2007) commissioned by Ashkal Alwan, FACES APPLAUDING ALONE (2008), WHAT DOES NOT RESEMBLE ME LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE ME (2009) with Ghassan Salhab and Mohamad Soueid, AN ARAB COMES TO TOWN (2008), a documentary shot in Denmark. THE FOURTH STAGE (2015) opened Forum Expanded at Berlinale. His work has been screened in different museums, galleries and film festivals around the world. To mention a few: MoMa, Kunsthallen, Berlinale, FID, SeMa Biennale and more. In 2017 he took part in the Lebanon Factory, which includes four short films to create one feature to open the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes Festival.

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