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Lebanese filmmaker Jean Chamoun passed away Wednesday evening.For many Lebanese filmmakers in the postwar period, Chamoun was – with Maroun Baghdadi (1950-1993) and Borhane Alaouie (1941- ) – among the pioneers of the country's contemporary cinema.Chamoun will be remembered as a documentary filmmaker.Chamoun left Lebanon in the early 1970s to study film at the University of Paris.Chamoun and Masri met in 1982 and they wed in '86 .Chamoun released his first and only feature film, "Taif al-Madina" (In the Shadows of the City), in 2000 .There were marked continuities between Chamoun's documentaries and his feature. Chamoun's last film, Ashkar says – "Mafatih el Zakira" (The Keys of Memory), a doc about the kidnap of five Lebanese soldiers – was screened privately at UNESCO in 2010 .In his final years, Chamoun struggled with Alzheimer's disease.
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