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Grandma, a Thousand Times

  • Lebanon
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Qatar
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Teta Fatima is the 83-year old matriarch of the Kaabour family and the sharp-witted queen bee of an old Beiruti quarter. With great intimacy, this playful magical-realist documentary documents her larger-than-life character as she combats the silence of her once-buzzing house as well as her imaginings of what awaits her beyond death. Meanwhile, her beloved violinist husband (deceased 20 years) is both an essential absence and presence, his face manifesting itself through the face of their filmmaker grandson and his previously unpublished violin improvisations weaving through her world and that of the film.

Grandma, a Thousand Times brings together grandfather, grandmother and grandson in a playful magic-realist documentary that aims to defy a past death and a future one.


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  • Original title
    Grandma, a Thousand Times
  • Direction
  • Duration
    48 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Lebanon
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Qatar
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Carthage Film Festival 2010, Audience Award & Special Mention of the Jury - Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2010, Audience Award - Dox Box 2011, Tribeca Film Festival 2011, Rotterdam Film Festival 2011, Best Film - London International Documentary Festival 2011, Special Mention of the Jury - DocsDF Mexico 2011, Best Film Award (Celebrate Age Category) - Mumbai Film Festival 2011, Arab Film Festival (US) 2011, Calgary Arab Film Festival 2011, Jihlava IDFF 2011, Thessaloniki Biennale 2011, Listapad / Minsk International Film Festival 2011, Cinema Arts Festival Houston 2011, Twin Cities Arab Film Festival 2011, Freedom to Create Prize / Cape Town 2011, Doc Point 2012, Tromso Int'l Film Festival 2012


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