Waves '98

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    Waves '98

    Directed by

    Lebanon, Qatar


    15 min

    • Arabic


    Set between Beirut’s post-war climate of recovery in the 90’s and today’s general sense of crumbling this is Omar’s story. Growing up in Beirut’s suburbs meant that Omar spent his entire teenage years living on the outskirts, having never visited parts of the segregated city or even crossed its borders. His daily life is dominated by the mundane, his parents’ financial problems, and a certain lack of motivation; his only escape being the time he spends gazing at the city from his school’s rooftop. Until, on a cold winter day, Omar unexpectedly witnesses something strange and beautiful. A sort of intense beaming light, shining through the grayness of the city’s landscape, that lures him to venture into the depth of the city. This giant discovery leads him to explore and immerse himself in a world he never knew existed. A world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality that Omar finds himself struggling to keep his attachments, his sense of home.


    • Palme D'Or (Best Short Film) - Cannes FF
    • Best Animated Short - Chicago IFF



    Elie Bassila
    Cherine Khoury
    Ely Dagher
    Ely Dagher
    Ely Dagher
    Zelig Sound

    Director's Statement

    Waves ’98 is as much a narrative film as it is a personal visual essay dedicated to Dagher’s hometown, Beirut. The film is an artistic exploration of the director’s current relation with his Lebanon, his home country, projected through the story of a teenager and set in 1998. Since moving abroad to study and work, Ely Dagher has been spending more and more time outside of Lebanon, and his attachment to Beirut Started to become more and more complicated. The overall Narrative of the film is heavily based on Ely’s efforts to understand his changing relationship with the city and it’s life, juxtaposed with the narrative of a teenager’s exciting discovery of this segregated city.

    Ely Dagher

    Ely Dagher


    Ely Dagher is and artist/film-maker working with different mediums and producing work that intertwines on different levels. His work focuses on the layering and constructing of multiple narratives across film, painting and installation.
    Drawing from his upbringing in Lebanon and his current situation, his work explores the correlation and possibilities created through the play identification and visual structures, from surrealism, science fiction and the occult.
    His latest short film WAVES‘98′ (2015) was awarded the short film Palme D’Or at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. His films have been awarded at numerous international film festivals
    He graduated with distinction from the MA in New media and contemporary Art Studies from Goldsmiths College in London. In 2011 Ely founded BeaverAndBeaver production studio to tackle different projects.