Jessy Moussallem brings us into the world of an tight-knit army unit - training, bonding, relaxing, fighting - within the ruins of a building on the shores of the Meditteranean, in this …
Mashrou' Leila 'Cavalry' by Jessy Moussallem
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.
|Producer||Wissam Smayra, Marlene Jaber, Olivier Muller, Sorcha Shepherd, Jakob Preischl, Hadi Dahrouge|
|Production Company||Clandestino Films, Phantasm, Caviar, Bwgtbld, Mathematic|
|Production Manager||Marie-lynn Nasrallah|
|1st AD||Amanda Kik|
|Director of Photography||Sofian El Fani|
|Focus Puller||Jonathan Saccal|
|Art Director||Carlo Kassabian|
|Post production company||Mathematic|
|Post Producer||Guillaume Marien, Hadi Dahrouge|
|VFX||Vincent Goy, Cecile Crilout,|
|Lead actor||Ayman Hamawi|
|Other credits||Location Manager: Jad Nehmeh Sound Engineer: Rawad Hobeika Sound Mix: Studio KGB - Nicolas Bourgeois BMM Network - Alexis Jung, Joseph Petitpain|
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