Film
14 August 2022

Panoptic

Directed by Rana Eid

14 August 2022 | Part of More Than Human

Panoptic delves into Beirut’s underground to explore Lebanon’s schizophrenia: a nation that thrives for modernity while ironically ignoring the vices that obstruct achieving this modernity.

Starts 14 August 2022

Venue Cinema Akil

Warehouse 68

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Panoptic is a letter from a daughter to her deceased father in an attempt to reconcile with her country’s turbulent past. Panoptic delves into Beirut’s underground to explore Lebanon’s schizophrenia: a nation that thrives for modernity while ironically ignoring the vices that obstruct achieving this modernity. While the Lebanese population has chosen to turn a blind eye to these vices, Rana Eid, an ordinary citizen, explores the nation’s paradoxes through sound, iconic monuments and secret hidings. In a rare case where the sound landscape of a film dictates the visual landscape, Panoptic is a depiction of the turbulent Lebanese past and the way society copes with trauma.

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