Promo News - 12th June 2019

Cavalry is the lead single from The Beirut School, a new compilation celebrating ten years of trailblazing Lebanese indie band Mashrou’ Leila. The accompanying video is the band’s second collaboration with director Jessy Moussallem, following her award-winning film for Roman. This is a far more gritty and harrowing affair. 

Moussalem dramatises the devastating cruelty and machismo of militarized oppression, which enters our homes, and plays out in our domestic life, by having a group of young girls from a Lebanese village confront a platoon of soldiers who taken away a 15 year old boy

Calling to mind Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager arrested outside her home for confronting Israeli soldiers, and thrown into the public gaze as an activist, the children in the film reflect Mashrou’ Leila’s own struggles with political power, having recently been banned from being with their audiences in Jordan and Egypt, and finding themselves at the center of yet another human rights polemic.

The film reminds us perhaps of the energized idealism we had as youths coming into the world, and believing we could change it, before political fatigue left us jaded and defeated.


DirectorJessy Moussallem
ProducerWissam Smayra, Marlene Jaber, Olivier Muller, Sorcha Shepherd, Jakob Preischl, Hadi Dahrouge
Production CompanyClandestino Films, Phantasm, Caviar, Bwgtbld, Mathematic
Production ManagerMarie-lynn Nasrallah
1st ADAmanda Kik
Director of PhotographySofian El Fani
Focus PullerJonathan Saccal
Art DirectorCarlo Kassabian
WardrobeOla Achkar
EditorTianès Montasser
ColouristMathieu Caplanne
Post production companyMathematic
Post ProducerGuillaume Marien, Hadi Dahrouge
VFXVincent Goy, Cecile Crilout,
Lead actorAyman Hamawi
Other creditsLocation Manager: Jad Nehmeh Sound Engineer: Rawad Hobeika Sound Mix: Studio KGB - Nicolas Bourgeois BMM Network - Alexis Jung, Joseph Petitpain

Promo News - 12th June 2019

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