Ghazi Aridi, Women’s rights, Movies, Fashion and much more on Helwi Beirut’s episode 86

Hi all,

Our main guest was the the minister of Transportation and Public Works Ghazi al-Aridi. He shared with us stories from his childhood, about his education and how he met his wife. He told us that he is a pacifist at heart and tries to be as diplomatic as possible in his work and family life. He also talked about his book “Palestine will not die” that reveals the history and life of the people of Palestine that still struggles to find freedom.

Our next guest was the Executive Director of the Collective for Research and Training on Development Lina Abi Habib working on a new campaign to insure Lebanese women the right to give their nationality to their children and family. 

We also met with the founder of the website Elie Abou Saab. This website was designed to shed the light on the worst “jouwar” in Lebanon and he even organised a contest and named a Miss Joura.

We also talked about the movie It’s all in Lebanon directed by Wissam Charaf. This film competed in the Locarno Film Festival, and obtained the Jury prize in the Lunel Film Festival in France. This movie shows Lebanon, after 17 years of civil war that left 200 000 persons dead, we miraculously managed our way out of war. But 20 years later, have we managed to build a nation ? This film tells the story of the peaceful years of a schizophrenic country, a country torn between the desire to turn the page and forget, and the desire to remember and keep fighting, “till the liberation of Jerusalem”.

Based on the main events that took place in Lebanon since the end of civil war and how the concerned political parties presented them to the masses through video-clips of propaganda, « pop and propaganda » is a journey through the icons of modern Lebanon. A country torn between violence, lust and amnesia.

Hope you enjoyed the show,


Helwi Beirut

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