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Film and television have a perplexed sort of fascination with radio.One recent example of this is Nicolas Philibert's 2013 feature-length documentary "La maison de la radio," a film about Radio France, a public radio institution whose best-known cognate in this language is the BBC.The film's snatches of interviews with literary and philosophical figures like Umberto Eco cannot hope to convey much in the way of thought, of course, while Djian's camera lingers over the on-air personalities hosting RF's programs.At the 4:30 a.m. editorial meeting that's the film's last stop, the camera finds an earnest discussion of whether the day's programming should include its "pollen report" – presumably a springtime staple at RF.The list of film from, or at least about, the Middle East is quite strong. It includes "Guardians of Time Lost" (Araq), the feature-length doc premiere of Lebanon's Diala Kashmar, which took the best documentary prize at the Dubai International Film Festival a few months back. The film examines the lives of a group of qabadayyat in the Beirut quarter of Hayy al-Lija.
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