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Myrna Maakaron

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Myrna Maakaron was born in Lebanon in 1974. She studied communications arts and filmmaking at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. She started acting at the age of 15, on stage. Since than, she participated to many plays and films. In 2000, she left Lebanon to study Theatre at the Sorbonne in Paris. She has been living in Germany since 2002.


BerlinBeirut (23´, Germany/Lebanon, 2004)



BerlinBeirut (Orig.) / 2003 / Germany, Lebanon / 23 min

Berlin and Beirut were occupied, destructed, divided, reconstructed and today people still say "East and West" in both cities.


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Why Berlin and Beirut? - Myrna Maakaron

Berlin and Beirut have many things in common: they were occupied, destructed, divided, reconstructed and today, people still say “East and West”.

When you walk in Berlin and in Beirut everything talks to you and seduces you. One of their common charms also, is Contrast: Berlin and Beirut are beautiful and ugly, strong and weak, proud and broken.

I have lived all my life in Beirut. I was only one time in Berlin during the Berlinale 2003. The fact of being far away from home pushes me often to look for parts and faces of my Beirut. During this week, my eyes were going from one place to another trying to catch every little detail of the city. Something was touching my heart: Parts of Beirut were in Berlin. Many places, corners, buildings, walls looked similar in both cities. I felt the warmth of Beirut in Berlin. I felt the spirit of Beirut in Berlin. I was falling in love with Berlin.

The main idea is to share with you the emotions I feel in both cities. Through the film many elements from Berlin brings me back to Beirut. You hear me talking. I tell stories and memories. I live different adventures and situations. I melt with the Berliners and Beirutis. I walk in a street in Berlin, turn around a corner and continue walking in Beirut. I get on a taxi in Beirut and later I step of it in Berlin. Berlin and Beirut become one city.


Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

With this daring motto, playfully ironic visual design and primarily interesting film selection, Visegrad Film Festival presented its programme in Cork, Ireland. How was it, where does it go and why is it actually held in Ireland?

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A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

The interest in all things Asian is growing faster than capital markets in the global world. That goes for documentary films as well. The contemporary production of Asian documentary filmmakers is regularly presented by Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

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Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

On Sunday, August 7, young director Zaynê Akyol became the 9th winner of the unique Doc Alliance Selection Award that is awarded since 2008 by the international Doc Alliance platform. The Kurdish director based in Canada received the award during an award ceremony at Locarno IFF. Along with the award, the filmmaker also received financial support of 5.000 euro for her future film.

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