Memory Box, dir. Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, France / Lebanon / Canada 2021, 102 min., French / Arabic / English with English subtitles
Teenager Alex (Paloma Vauthier) covertly goes through her mother Maia’s box of journals, audio tapes and photographs, which reveal a difficult adolescence in the war-torn Lebanese capital – and a dark family secret. Alex uses the material to build her own picture of Maia’s youth, sharing intimate memories on social media.
The film explores how distance affects personal relationships, while providing a refreshingly female perspective on conflict and memory. Long-term collaborators whose outputs cross the worlds of art and film, Hadjithomas and Joreige (Je veux voir, The Lebanese Rocket Society) here delve into their personal archives, building from their own memory boxes.
This graceful film also serves as an ode to hope and regeneration at a time when Beirut once again finds itself rebuilding after a tragedy.
Fri, 08 Oct 2021
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