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by Elie Alexandre Habib


Lost in time and translation, images transport us on a journey behind the modernist facade of Beirut’s electricity building. The images shot on super 8 are accompanied by droning noises reminiscent of experimental, electronic sounds of the 1950s and 60s. The video portrays Lebanon’s National Electricity building (E.D.L.) as a homage to a modernist project once linked to the very construction of Lebanon’s modern state. Until today central Beirut suffers from a power cut of three hours a day.

original title: E.D.L.
country: Lebanon
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Elie Alexandre Habib
film run: 21'
screenplay: Elie Alexandre Habib
producer: Christine Thome
production: Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese association for plastic Arts