The French Institute of Lebanon is pleased to invite you to a unique experience
Wednesday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m.
Salle Montaigne – French Institute of Lebanon in Beirut
Live Magazine is a living newspaper, a unique evening, during which journalists, photographers, cartoonists, directors follow one another on a stage to tell – in words, in sounds, in images – a story each. Intimate and planetary stories, fundamental for those who tell them, unforgettable for those who listen to them, 100% ephemeral, 99% true.
Zeid Hamdan & Joy Moughanni are musicians. One, Zeid, is a “little prince of the Beirut alternative scene” and “the eighth light of Lebanese culture” (according to CNN). He has just left Beirut, with wife and children, consoles and keyboards, to settle in France. The other, Joy, has been performing tirelessly in Lebanon since 2014, notably with one of the few Lebanese electro-pop groups, GUIZZMO, then with Pomme Rouge, a 100% electro duo. At night, he willingly takes possession of the turntables of Beirut clubs like Reunion, The Ballroom Blitz, Decks on the Beach.
Ayşegül Sert is a journalist. She collaborates in New York Times and at New Yorker, and appears regularly on Arte and France 24. Born in Turkey in the year of a coup d’etat – in 1960, 1971, 1980 or 1997? We’ll let the mystery hang around – she worked from New York for the Californian press and from Istanbul and Paris for the international press. She gave up last year to practice her profession from her country, which has become one of the largest prisons in the world for journalists: Turkey ranks 154th out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index.
“In my eyes as a little girl, our guests were old and talked incessantly.”
Sonia Kronlund is a documentary filmmaker for radio, television and cinema. She is also a normalian, a philosopher, an associate of modern letters and a former resident of Villa Kujoyama. It’s his first class side. She also has a Swedish side and a passion for Iran and Afghanistan. (Her son says “Mom is in Kabul” like others say “Dad is at work”). For twenty years she has produced the show Feet on the ground, which gives, every day at lunchtime from the Maison de la radio, “news from reality.”
“Here it’s not Hollywood, it’s not Bollywood, it’s Nothingwood.”
Hala Nouhad Nasreddine is a journalist. She coordinates the “Investigation” unit of Daraj.com, a pan-Arab online media that assumes a modern editorial line from Beirut, between shock investigations and societal issues. She is a member of the profession’s two most incisive international networks: the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in Sarajevo and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in Washington. The list of her subjects reads like an anthology of spy novels: Project Pegasus, the Ericsson list, Pandora Papers, the FinCEN files… She was the winner of the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) scholarship which doubles as a residence, in Amman. She directed the Lebanese office of the Berghof Foundation, created in Berlin in the midst of the Cold War, whose mission is to “create a space for the pacification of conflicts”.
“For 30 years Riad Salamé has set up dizzying Ponzi schemes.”
Seham Boutata is a radio producer. She works for France Culture, Arte Radio, RTBF and RTS, in other words the fine flower of French-speaking public broadcasting. His documentaries, reports and chronicles have titles like My past made up of Algeria, Islam on the couch, Burial in the bled, We are all Auvergnats, France in mirror, Red Algiers & Black Panthers … In short, she likes to explore burning and political questions: memory, identity and intimacy. She has just published in Le Seuil The melancholy of maknine. The pitch? The Algerian is a bird breeder by tradition and the one that has his preference is undoubtedly the goldfinch…
“Even the most macho of them has, towards this little sparrow, gestures of incredible delicacy.”
Marwan Chahine is a journalist. He has long written for Release from Egypt before joining the editorial staff of The East-The Day, the just-centenary French-language daily. He says : ‘In the Lebanese press, most of the articles are opinion. The rare reports are there to confirm that the world really sticks to the idea we have of it. However, in a country where community, economic or social borders are insurmountable walls, the whole point of a report is to make people see and hear… the Other.“He has just left Beirut for Marseille and the daily press for the long term of the book.
“Through the bumper of Ayn El Remmaneh’s bus, a daisy had bloomed.”
Yves Ubelmann is an architect and “shatterer” of the preservation of the archaeological heritage (dixit The world). He worked on Syrian, Iranian, Afghan and Pakistani sites before founding a company, Iconem, with a former helicopter pilot. They design drones, digitize in 3D and save the memory of humanity with a technique, photogrammetry, which does not date from yesterday (1849). Combined with artificial intelligence, and thanks to the aces of Normale Sup’ and Inria, photogrammetry has enabled Iconem to digitize 150 sites in 28 countries.
“It has become my new job: preserving in image, intact, the threatened cultural heritage.”
Valerie Cordy is an artist and director. She is the director of the Fabrique de Théâtre, a support structure for the creation and distribution of shows, coupled with an artist residency in Mons, Belgium. She also creates digital, online and live shows. On stage, she doesn’t say a word but we understand everything.