Lebanese publisher, filmmaker, and activist Lokman Slim, an outspoken critic of Hezbollah, was murdered on Feb. 4, 2021 while on his way home from southern Lebanon. In 2017, Al Jadid published a review of his award-winning film “Tadmor” (Icarus Films, 2016), co-directed with his wife, Monika Borgmann. “Ghosts of the past come in many forms.
Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019, director Oualid Mouaness’ contemplative drama film “1982” explores the anxiety of war for those who never wished to take part in it. For the teachers and students at a private school in East Beirut, what should have been a “normal” last day of classes becomes anything but, as the distant sounds of bombing come closer and closer. It is 1982, and Beirut, divided between Muslims on the west and Christians on the east, teeters on the cusp of invasion as Israel and Syria fight overhead.
Among developments from the Al Nahda (Arab Renaissance) of the second half of the 19th century to the early 20th century was the rise of Arab women in the literary and intellectual fields. The Al Nahda period gave rise to several women writers like May Ziadeh, who had distinguished herself in Egypt and Lebanon, Zaynab Fawaz, a novelist, playwright, poet, and historian, and Syrian journalist Marie Ajami who founded the magazine “Al-Arous” (The Bride) and Rose al-Yusuf, who founded a magazine named after herself in 1925.