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"'In Vitro' is about the global apocalypse in the wake of a climate-change disaster," Larissa Sansour smiles.Another DFI development grant recipient is Tripoli-born Farah Kassem. Her debut feature is a documentary set in an all-male poetry club in the city in the north of Lebanon, but it too is concerned with intergenerational dialogue."I was mesmerized," Kassem recalls, "and touched just to see a group of retired men pursuing what's left of a dream they had when they were young. They all wanted to write poetry but they all needed a job to survive.Kassem's is one of two Lebanese documentary projects at Qumra 2019, the other being Reine Mitri's "Children of the Famine".Mitri's films are concerned with personal and collective memory.The film contends that the famine was integral to the formation of Greater Lebanon -- and thus the Lebanese Republic.For archival material, Mitri's film will principally draw on a series of 22 famine-era photos from the collection of Brahim Kanaan.
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