Monthly Archives: October 2013

Memories of a movie poster artist

Young Salvatore, aka Toto in Cinema Paradiso, would not have fallen in love with cinema and become a great filmmaker without Alfredo, the village cinema projectionist. Similarly, Yervant Hawarian may not have become a sought-after affiche (cinema poster) artist had … Continue reading

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Genia Boustany’s A FREEtown of Mine

  Since the war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002) ended, the small West African nation rarely grabs the attention of the world media. The fact that a young woman, author and photographer Genia Boustany, who is not Sierra Leonean but Lebanese … Continue reading

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Making Afro-Lebanese Connections

Having spent 15 years in post-apartheid South Africa, I have rather strong feelings with regards to racism and racial discrimination or at worst, racially-motivated hate crimes. I’ve always refused to accept racism in any form, however subtle, including the “it … Continue reading

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Badguèr – a window into Burj Hammoud

Amid Burj Hammoud’s narrow alleys – lined with shops and workshops, bustling with pedestrians and children on bicycles, and strung overhead with Armenian flags, electric wires, and washing lines – Badguèr stands out like an oasis. Dating back to 1930, … Continue reading

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