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The Lebanese Film Festival is back for another edition, its 12th, and has shifted to a different exhibitor.Running May 30 to June 3, LFF promises to screen 40-odd Lebanese shorts, medium- and feature-length works, running the gamut of fiction (11), documentaries (13), debuts (12) and experimental films (8).Beirut has birthed any number of moving-image festivals over the years and LFF is the one that has devoted itself to the film of this county alone – including the work of filmmakers of Lebanese heritage. Working over three weeks with 30 young (20- to 30-year-old) filmmakers in the Iraqi capital, the workshop helped incubate 10 first films, all running five to 10 minutes in length, on the theme of war.Several of the filmmakers in this year's program are LFF veterans, returning to the festival with different works.The Lebanese features and TV-length films at LFF this year, most of which have had world premieres at other events, include documentaries and fictions.While several of the program's films examine the contemporary residues of Lebanon's Civil War, Myriam al-Hajj and Rami Kodeih have taken similar approaches to make quite different documentaries on the subject.
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