Lebanese Rocket Society

Directed by Khalil Joreige & Joana Hadjithomas

In the early 1960s, during the cold war and at the apex of Pan Arabism, a group of students and researchers entered the race to space and created the Lebanese Rocket Society. Their aim was to create and launch rockets into space for study and exploration, and the group produced the first rocket of the Arab World. Considering current world divisions, it would be inconceivable, these days, for a small team of dreamers to launch rockets into the skies above the Middle East. This adventure now plays out as anecdote in the course of history, a story kept secret.

Through their work with documents, archives and animation as well as reconstitutions and art installations, artists and directors Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas question this story and the ideas of re-enactment, reconstitution and restaging in the present time.

96 minutes


Full English

Country of origin:
France and Lebanon

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