Helwi El Hayet’s episode 21

Hi all,

Minutes before going live, we managed to take a picture of our host Elise and fashion designer Karine Tawil chit chatting backstage about today’s topic.

Our main guest was director Simon El Habre talking about his documentary Gate#5 that will be released at Metropolis Empire Sofil starting Thursday 10th May.

Here is the synopsis: They were young, loved, adventures and had choices. In the 1960s and 70s thousands of young Lebanese left their villages and searched for a new life in the city.The port of Beirut, the city’s economic lung and central urban district, provided work for truck drivers. The income allowed the young men to participate in the vibrant urban life, to enjoy their time at the always busy Burj Square with its many cinemas and restaurants as well as to start families. After the war ended the once popular Burj Square, the city’s centre, was demolished, privatized and rebuild for the affluent. Lebanese economy was reorganized, thus globalized. The truck drivers’ universe shrunk to the port where they offer their skills as day laborers now. Yet mostly they kill time and take long journeys in memory. One of them is my father. Najm El Habre is too sick to join his friends. He found a different way to carry on.

Cultural coordinator of the Japanese ambassador Gretta Abou Samra Noun came by the show and talked about the Cherry Blossoms and Tale of Genji exhibition.

All you fans of the Japanese culture, flowers, writing and history will enjoy paintings, sculptures as well as photographs during the exhibition.

Funny man Nemer Abou Nassar passed by our studios as he spread laughter and refused to give us any exclusive details about his upcoming stand-up show “Victorious Secret: Every victory has a secret”. “You have to be there to know the secret”, he said. Nemer showed up in our studios with a huge chick stuffed animal that he considered a late Easter gift for our beautiful hosts.

Hope you enjoyed today’s episode and see you tomorrow!


Helwi El Hayet

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Helwi el-Hayet discusses your favorite topics every week day at 4:30 p.m. Beirut time. From fashion to psychology to books to art to nutrition to cooking and coaching (and much, much more), Helwi el-Hayet is here to shed light on the latest trends and to share with you reports, interviews and recipes from Lebanon and the region!
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