Docs Ireland 2023: In the Shadow of Beirut + Q&A
Docs Ireland 2023 presents In the Shadow of Beirut (2023) a documentary portrait of the city's troubles. Followed by a Q&A with its directors.
From the makers of Gaza (Sundance 2019), comes a new cinematic odyssey that penetrates deep below the surface of Beirut, a still beautiful, yet deeply troubled city on the brink of financial collapse.
In the Shadow of Beirut weaves four compelling storylines together in a searing portrait of a people and a city on the brink, yet who possess unmistakable qualities of resilience and hope.
Through intimate, character-driven storytelling, the stark reality of life for the protagonists of the film is symbolic of many thousands of others who fight for survival in a city, once described as the Paris of the Middle East, but now boasts the highest refugee numbers in the world. A city and a country that many are now desperately trying to flee.
The film is brutal and at times heartbreaking, but ultimately beautiful in the connection that it forges with its subjects, which co-director Stephen Gerard Kelly achieved over a six-year period. We are also delighted to welcome back director Gary Keane, who won the inaugural Pull Focus Award for Best Irish Documentary at Docs Ireland 2019.
Docs Ireland is very excited to be hosting the European premiere of this brave and powerful new film.
The filmmakers will take part in a Q&A after the screening.