Randa Chahal Sabbag and Ziad Rahbani during the shoot of "The Kite," 2003, her final feature.
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The work of late writer-director-producer Randa Chahal Sabbag is the subject of the latest film retrospective at Metropolis Cinema.The eponymous film cycle will project eight feature-length and short films, documentary and fiction, that the Tripoli-born filmmaker completed over her professional life.Set in Beirut during the bad old days of this country's 1975-1990 Civil War, the film recounts a love story between a domestic worker and a gunman, two marginal figures whose story nests among an ensemble of stories and vignettes whose characters are all, in one way or another, outsiders.The film never had a theatrical release locally, however, as the country's censor made a second screening conditional on Chahal Sabbag flensing some 40 minutes from its running time – citing bad language on the part of the snipers and militiamen among its cast of characters.
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