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Memory Box


Maia, a single mother, lives in Montreal with her teenage daughter, Alex. On Christmas Eve, they receive an unexpected delivery: notebooks, tapes, and photos that Maia sent to her best friend from 1980’s Beirut. Maia refuses to open the box or confront its memories, but Alex secretly begins diving into it. Between fantasy and reality, Alex enters the world of her mother’s tumultuous, passionate adolescence during the Lebanese civil war, unlocking mysteries of a hidden past.

102 minutes
Lebanon/ France/ Canada
Arabic/ French with Arabic and English subtitles

Directors/Screenwriters: Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

Producer: Georges Schoucair - Carole Scotta
Company of production: Abbout Productions/Haut et Court

Cast: Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier, and Clemence Sabbagh
Cinematography: Josée Deshaies

Editing: Tina Baz

Sound: Guillaume Le Braz, Rana Eid, and Olivier Goinard

Cairo International Film Festival, 2021 | Winner: Saad Eldin Wahba Award. Cinemania, 2021 | Winner: Prix du rayonnement.


Screening Dates

Ramallah, Municipal Theater - Ramallah City Hall, Wednesday 02.11 20:00
Jerusalem, El Hakawati National Theatre, Thursday 03.11 19:00
Bethlehem, Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research, Friday 04.11 18:00
Haifa, Arab Cultural Association, Friday 04.11 19:00