Irish Film Institute -IN THE SHADOW OF BEIRUT


Director: Stephen Gerard Kelly & Garry Keane

92 mins, Ireland-UK-Lebanon-Germany, 2023, Digital

From the makers of Gaza (2019), comes a new cinematic odyssey, penetrating deep below the surface of Beirut, a still beautiful, yet deeply troubled city on the brink of financial collapse. The film weaves together the stories of four characters living in the neighbourhoods of Sabra and Shatila struggling to survive with dignity and decency amidst unimaginable hardship. This intimate, character-driven study bears witness to the stark reality of life for the protagonists and for others who fight for survival in a nation suffering one of the worst global financial meltdowns on record.

In the Shadow of Beirut is in contention for two Academy Awards this year: Best Feature Documentary; and as Ireland’s official selection for Best International Feature.

IFI Age Recommendation: 10+

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

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