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Films From Lebanon

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This benefit screening for Lebanese war relief pairs two remarkable experimental shorts; both are painfully relevant and uncommonly beautiful, though formally and conceptually they're worlds apart. Jayce Salloum, a multimedia artist who spent 22 years in the U.S. before settling in Vancouver, made Untitled Part 3b: (As if) Beauty Never Ends (2003, 12 min.), whose dazzling and painterly use of color and texture provides a counterpoint to glimpses of Palestinian refugee camps. Wael Noureddine, a Lebanese poet and journalist now based in Paris, explores remote corners of battle-scarred Beirut in Ca Sera Beau (From Beyrouth With Love) (2005, 30 min.), evoking music with his percussive editing and camera movement. The hour-long program will also include video statements and readings of more contemporary written statements by each artist. Suggested donation is $5; for more information call 312-480-1966. Fri 8/18, 7:30 PM, and Sat 8/19, 4 PM, Columbia College Ludington Bldg.

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