Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
When popular anti-regime demonstrations began in Tunis and Cairo in late 2010, some in Beirut were incredulous.Anyone with a nodding acquaintance of the region's history will realize what Teguia is up to from the film's opening sequence.Ibn Battuta was the pen name of Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta.In Beirut, Battuta looks up a historian named Jean-Pierre Khoury (an amused Fadi Abi Samra), the only contemporary academic who's written a history of the Zanj."Zanj Revolution" is among a handful of recent films that has taken up Beirut's militant history.Shot entirely or partially in Beirut, Baudelaire and Teguia's films are not propaganda movies supporting one now-irrelevant political party or another."Zanj" is a much more migratory film – appropriate given the protagonist's name is Ibn Battuta.The most sympathetic of these is Nahla (Diana Sabri), a Palestinian refugee whose parents knew Beirut in those bygone revolutionary days before relocating to Greece. For her part, Nahla wants to return to Beirut to contribute to her national cause – handing over a wad of euros to a Shatila politico before hooking up with Battuta.
Bad blood, Bowie, Halley’s comet
The genius beneath Beuys’ hat
Lebanon's first art biennial, in Alita
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE