Memory Box (15)
Directors: Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
Starring: Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier
Lebanon/Canada/France/Qatar, 2021, 1 hour 42 minutes, French and Arabic with subtitles
Vibrantly filmed and truly cinematic, this engaging, compassionate depiction of one woman's reckoning with her past blurs the line between documentary and fiction. Single mother Maia lives in Montreal with her teenage daughter, Alex. When they receive an unexpected delivery: notebooks, tapes, and photos from Maia’s teenage years in1980’s Beirut, Maia refuses to open the box and confront her memories. But Alex secretly begins diving into the world of her mother’s tumultuous, passionate adolescence during the Lebanese civil war.
“the recent past acts as an occasionally painful but ultimately hopeful bridge between three generations of women.” Sight & Sound
The short film, SPEAKER, will screen before the film.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Saturday 25th March 7.45pm
Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea, Tuesday 28th March, 8.00pm