Sector Zero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the outskirts of Beirut, between the City’s port and it’s densely populated center, lies the notorious, now derelict, area of Karantina. Through an exploration of this neglected urban wasteland, Sector Zero examines the area’s peculiar history, using it as a metaphor for Lebanon’s own troubled past. Tracing the area’s origins back to the Ottoman built Quarantine Facility after which the area was named, and following its evolution from being a vacant plot of land to a dense, multinational ghetto, Sector Zero analyses the persistence of this urban void in modern-day Lebanon, and how it’s dark history mirrors Lebanon’s erratic progression as a country in search of its national identity. In this sense, Sector Zero is not so much a documentation as it is an investigation into the dark corners of modern Lebanon’s collective memory in an attempt to discover how much of who we are is based largely on that part of ourselves we have chosen to forget.

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Main Actors:
Bernard Khoury, Chawki Azoury, Hazem Saghiye
Date of Premiere: 0000-00-00
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