New Perspectives / UK premiere

Gate #5 (al-Hawd al-Khamis)

  • Simon El Habre /
  • Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Germany /
  • 2011 /
  • 84 mins

Documentary / Arabic

Simon El Habre's follow up to 2008's One Man Village is a thoughtful study of day labourers, one of them his own father, in the once bustling port of Beirut. Through their tales of former glory as truck drivers in some of the most hostile roads in war-torn Lebanon, and their eloquent descriptions of the port at its economic height, El Habre presents a bigger picture: of Lebanon itself and how the country has changed from the 1960s to the present day.

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