SOUNDS OF BEIRUT Explores Vibrant Music Scene In Beirut

Sunday, July 4, 2010
SOUNDS OF BEIRUT Documents Music Scene
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the short animation SOUNDS OF BEIRUT to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

SOUNDS OF BEIRUT, dir. Seth Koury
Sounds of Beirut is a documentary that was filmed weeks after a major armed conflict that nearly cast the country back into civil war as militias battled on the streets of Beirut. The film explores how the past civil war conflicts and current tensions have influenced local artists to create music, what the music means to them, an what it means to the audience. The scene is very diverse with genres ranging from pop, hip-hop, opera, classical, traditional Arabic, acoustic, and rock. The various music genres are performed in three languages: French, Arabic and English. The documentary highlights four major themes that are present in the Beirut music scene: How the diverse culture is the gateway from the East to the West, How the music scene was born from crisis, How the people use music as a way to escape the troubles of the city, and how the troubled past and uncertain future has created a live for the day culture in the city. The musicians in the documentary also use their art to disabuse misconceptions about the country.

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